Food Systems Profiles Online Portal Webinar


  Introduction to the North Central Region County Food Systems Profiles Online Portal

 Laura Brown and Anna Haines

(University of Wisconsin)

                                                      February 11, 2013 (Monday)

1:00 PM – Eastern Time

About the webinar:

The Food Systems Profile Portal Project was driven by a growing interest in food systems as a community economic development tool in the Upper Midwest. The goal of this project was to develop and publish an online food systems profile tool using existing secondary data sources to help county based educators and community leaders better understand the local/regional food system in a systematic way in the North Central Region. The web portal tool features printable county profiles and maps for a twelve state region, food systems resources by topic, and template discussion tools to help county educators make use of the profile in a community setting. This webinar will provide an overview of resources available through the portal, potential uses, as well as external sources of related data.

About the Speakers:

Laura Brown is an Associate Professor and state community and economic development specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Center for Community & Economic Development.  Laura’s research interests include rural and asset based economic development, food systems and sustainable development, and economic development preparedness. Laura holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Communication & Culture from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Anna Haines is a professor in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a land use and community development specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Haines received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Her research and teaching focuses on planning and community development from a natural resources or environmental perspective. Her extension work has focused on comprehensive planning and planning implementation tools and techniques, sustainable communities, non-metallic mining, and property rights issues.

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Michigan State University

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