Food hubs aggregate, distribute, and market source-identified food products to multiple buyers from multiple producers, primarily local and regional producers. Marketing channels, such as directories, strengthen the ability of these producers to satisfy the needs of local and regional wholesalers, retailers, and institutional buyers that may have been otherwise out of their reach. Recent research, such as USDAâ??s multi-volume series, Running a Food Hub, provides important insights into successes and pitfalls of these operations. This webinar, co-hosted by the Chesapeake Foodshed Network and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, will share the recently updated USDA Food Hub Directory, along with recent food hub trends and resources. The USDA Food Hub Directory update merges previously separate directories from both the USDA and Wallace Center. The Food Hub Directory is a free service, now provided by USDAâ??s Agricultural Marketing Service. This directory is a part of a family of direct-to-customer directories (USDA’s Local Food Directories), designed to promote U.S. agricultural enterprises that sell local food and fiber directly to customers. Open to all, this webinar will be of particular interest to the Food Hub sector across the nation, with opportunity to learn about recent resources, trends, the updated USDA directory and how stakeholders can manage and update their own information online. Click here to register
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