Where are we today?

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June 10, 2020

Where are we today?

In today’s blog, I will discuss the state of consumer spending nationwide and in Utah, specifically related to food and markets of interest to you. I’ll also cover meat processing trends and agricultural labor issues.

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A farm shop is a permanent or semi-permanent structure where farm products from a specific farm or multiple farms, both fresh and processed (such as jams, honey and cheese), are offered for direct sale to consumers. Shops are normally open to the public y
The Farm Shop

The Farm Shop

A farm shop is a permanent or semi-permanent structure where farm products from a specific farm or multiple farms, both fresh and processed (such as jams, honey and cheese), are offered for direct sale to consumers. Shops are normally open to the public y...

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It’s been four months since Utah public schools closed on March 16 and I’d like to take the time to explain a bit about how our food system was impacted by COVID-19 and why. For some of you, these impacts may be obvious, but certainly not to all.
Four Months Out: What Happened to our Food System and Why?

Four Months Out: What Happened to our Food System and Why?

It’s been four months since Utah public schools closed on March 16 and I’d like to take the time to explain a bit about how our food system was impacted by COVID-19 and why. For some of you, these impacts may be obvious, but certainly not to all.

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In today’s blog, I will discuss the state of consumer spending nationwide and in Utah, specifically related to food and markets of interest to you. I’ll also cover meat processing trends and agricultural labor issues.
Where are we today?

Where are we today?

In today’s blog, I will discuss the state of consumer spending nationwide and in Utah, specifically related to food and markets of interest to you. I’ll also cover meat processing trends and agricultural labor issues.

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Ask an Expert – Coronavirus Precautions More Important Now than Ever

Ask an Expert – Coronavirus Precautions More Important Now than Ever

As the government encourages business openings, we must not end the preventative measures we each take to limit the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, behavior in communities since May 1 suggests that many think we are past the threat – fewer people are w...

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In today’s blog, I will cover in more detail the impacts of COVID-19 on consumers and local food systems. While consumer spending in general is down nationwide (-20.5% through April 30, 2020) and in Utah (-17.5%), consumer spending on groceries
COVID-19 and Local Foods

COVID-19 and Local Foods

In today’s blog, I will cover in more detail the impacts of COVID-19 on consumers and local food systems. While consumer spending in general is down nationwide (-20.5% through April 30, 2020) and in Utah (-17.5%), consumer spending on groceries

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Today’s blog is the final in a four-part series on options and strategies for online direct sales of local farm products. In this edition, I will discuss online strategies for customer communication and relationship building.
Online Direct Sales: Part 4

Online Direct Sales: Part 4

Today’s blog is the final in a four-part series on options and strategies for online direct sales of local farm products. In this edition, I will discuss online strategies for customer communication and relationship building.

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Today’s blog is the third in a four-part series on options and strategies for online direct sales of local farm products. In this edition, I will discuss using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for local food sales and promotion. Your
Online Direct Sales: Part 3

Online Direct Sales: Part 3

Today’s blog is the third in a four-part series on options and strategies for online direct sales of local farm products. In this edition, I will discuss using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for local food sales and promotion. Your...

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Today’s blog is the second in a four-part series on options and strategies for online direct sales of local farm products. In this edition, I will focus on online stores, sometimes referred to as an online marketplace, online farmers’ market, farm stand,
Online Direct Sales: Part 2

Online Direct Sales: Part 2

Today’s blog is the second in a four-part series on options and strategies for online direct sales of local farm products. In this edition, I will focus on online stores, sometimes referred to as an online marketplace, online farmers’ market, farm stand, ...

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The first in a four-part series on options and strategies for online direct sales of local farm products. In this edition, I will focus on more traditional “distanced” direct sales outlets and other “easy” online sales options. Specifically, community sup
Online Direct Sales: Part 1

Online Direct Sales: Part 1

The first in a four-part series on options and strategies for online direct sales of local farm products. In this edition, I will focus on more traditional “distanced” direct sales outlets and other “easy” online sales options. Specifically, community sup...

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As we all know, food markets change rapidly as consumer preferences evolve and respond to new information, trends, and fads. However, due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, food markets and supply chains are changing at an even faster rate, daily in some
Local Food Markets

Local Food Markets

As we all know, food markets change rapidly as consumer preferences evolve and respond to new information, trends, and fads. However, due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, food markets and supply chains are changing at an even faster rate, daily in some...

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Not surprisingly, scammers are taking advantage of the fears that surround the Coronavirus. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission has already communicated with several scammers who are selling phony Coronavirus “treatments.” Scammers have set up websites
Ask an Expert: Five Tips to Help Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Ask an Expert: Five Tips to Help Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Not surprisingly, scammers are taking advantage of the fears that surround the Coronavirus. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission has already communicated with several scammers who are selling phony Coronavirus “treatments.” Scammers have set up websites ...

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In difficult economic times, many people consider purchasing chickens as part of their domestic safety net. Raising chickens, however, is distinctly different than stocking up on food storage or bottled water.
Ask an Expert – Should You Raise Chickens? Eight Things to Consider

Ask an Expert – Should You Raise Chickens? Eight Things to Consider

In difficult economic times, many people consider purchasing chickens as part of their domestic safety net. Raising chickens, however, is distinctly different than stocking up on food storage or bottled water.

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Practicing good hygiene, washing hands for at least 20 seconds, covering a cough or sneeze and avoiding contact with others are all important steps to help thwart the spread of coronavirus.
Ask an Expert: Cleaning with the Coronavirus in Mind

Ask an Expert: Cleaning with the Coronavirus in Mind

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Currently, there is no evidence that the coronavirus spreads via foods. Instead, it is spread person-to-person. This includes spread via an infected person’s bodily fluids that are present in aerosols (coughs or sneezes) and on surfaces.
Is it Safe to Eat Restaurant Foods During Coronavirus Concerns?

Is it Safe to Eat Restaurant Foods During Coronavirus Concerns?

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ASK AN EXPERT: Tips for Controlling Fear and Anxiety in a Crisis

ASK AN EXPERT: Tips for Controlling Fear and Anxiety in a Crisis

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USU Extension Expert Callie Ward provides guidance on how to help children deal with a disaster which includes dealing with the Coronavirus and earthquakes.
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What You Can do to Help Children Cope with a Disaster? (Or the Coronavirus)

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While many are at home due to closures of Coronavirus, an extra load is placed on parents to help manage their home. Finding engaging and enriching activities can be a challenge. Thankfully, Discover 4-H curriculum began several years ago and has been dev
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Discover 4-H At Home

While many are at home due to closures of Coronavirus, an extra load is placed on parents to help manage their home. Finding engaging and enriching activities can be a challenge. Thankfully, Discover 4-H curriculum began several years ago and has been dev...

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Utah State University Extension provides research-backed information to help Utah residents as they maneuver the challenges this new virus brings.
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USU Extension Offers Resources For Challenges of COVID-19

Utah State University Extension provides research-backed information to help Utah residents as they maneuver the challenges this new virus brings.