Statewide Cooperative Partnership

Local and REgional Food systems

Starting in 2020, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) joined with the University of Minnesota (UMN) on the Statewide Cooperative Partnership for Local and Regional Markets (the Partnership) with funding from the USDA Federal State Marketing Improvement Program.

The Minnesota Grocers Association joined a group of 40+ organizations to provide input on the diverse experiences of small- and mid-sized producers, retailers, and consumers across the state.

The Statewide Cooperative Partnership recently launched a Survey for Supply Chain Participants. The survey is intended for all businesses, organizations, and institutions that are making, distributing, and selling food in Minnesota to learn about where food is sourced and what factors contribute to food purchasing decisions.

By completing this survey you will provide your insights to expand local market options – farm to fork. The survey is open now through October 15. It is designed to take about 20 minutes to complete. Follow the link to the survey: