The Chicago Fed held a conference last fall looking at the role agriculture is playing in both rural and overall economic development of the Midwest. Their conclusion: agriculture and other rural development should be viewed as “partners” in the “continuing revival” of communities throughout the region.
In particular, the report noted that the agricultural sector, from an economic standpoint, is doing pretty well.
It also talked about the idea of rural agriculture reviving local economies in ways that include not just agri-tourism but also the idea of a new, rural-based culinary industry that’s on the rise in our region. How’s that for reinvention?
I’ll be reporting on this in the coming months, but in the meantime, if you want to read the whole report, which is just four pages, click here.