REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS VALUE CHAIN COORDINATION INITIATIVE COG is participating in a new pilot program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture called Food LINC (Leveraging Investment for Network Coordination). The program's purpose is to increase connections between local farmers and consumers. This initiative will support COG’s Region Forward goals for farmland protection, for increasing the amount of locally-sourced food grown and consumed, and for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (from food transportation miles) in the COG region. Lead staff are Brian LeCouteur and Lindsay Smith.

The food systems value chain coordination initiative is part of a broader federal initiative.

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