Executive Briefings

USDA Funds NC State Study to Develop Global Food Supply Chain

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) in North Carolina State University's Poole College of Management is one of several partners in a five- year, $3.9m grant-funded project to build and evaluate supply chains for local farmers and fishers to supply large-scale markets in North Carolina. The project is led by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), which has been awarded the first year's funding of the grant by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Lowes Foods and Fort Bragg, the U.S. Army installation at Fayetteville, N.C., as well as US Foods and Foster-Caviness, which supply food to Fort Bragg, are major project partners and represent the type of large-scale retail and institutional markets the supply chains will serve.

The project includes research into supply chain issues related to such large-scale local food sourcing and distribution, plus outreach and at least one new academic course designed to help prepare NC State students for positions as buyers for sustainable agricultural products or other supply chain roles.

This project was also motivated by some earlier work with shrimpers on North Carolina's Carteret County coast.  Local producers were often unable to access market channels that allow them to distribute their products profitably to the public.  Shrimpers were often forced to sell product at prices that did not make shrimping a break-even proposition.  This project seeks to provide insights into how to address such challenges.

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Lowes Foods and Fort Bragg, the U.S. Army installation at Fayetteville, N.C., as well as US Foods and Foster-Caviness, which supply food to Fort Bragg, are major project partners and represent the type of large-scale retail and institutional markets the supply chains will serve.

The project includes research into supply chain issues related to such large-scale local food sourcing and distribution, plus outreach and at least one new academic course designed to help prepare NC State students for positions as buyers for sustainable agricultural products or other supply chain roles.

This project was also motivated by some earlier work with shrimpers on North Carolina's Carteret County coast.  Local producers were often unable to access market channels that allow them to distribute their products profitably to the public.  Shrimpers were often forced to sell product at prices that did not make shrimping a break-even proposition.  This project seeks to provide insights into how to address such challenges.

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