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Food and the Mid-Level FarmRenewing an Agriculture of the Middle$
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Thomas A. Lyson, G. W. Stevenson, and Rick Welsh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262122993

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262122993.001.0001

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Epilogue: Strategies for Strengthening the Agriculture of the Middle

Epilogue: Strategies for Strengthening the Agriculture of the Middle

(p.253) Epilogue: Strategies for Strengthening the Agriculture of the Middle
Food and the Mid-Level Farm

G. W. Stevenson

Rick Welsh

Thomas A. Lyson

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the reasons responsible for the renewal of United States midsize agriculture farming. The increase in the demand by consumers as well as of the suppliers—including restaurants, food service enterprises, and supermarkets—for quality food products, and the capabilities of farmers of the midsize farms to offer food differentiation with some assistance and increasing interest in the United States domestic fair trade market, are the basic reasons behind the midsize agriculture renewal. The chapter explores the strategies that would help in strengthening the agriculture-of-the-middle, including new systems for farming and ranching, regenerated socioeconomic organizations, and value chain agreements.

Keywords:   agriculture farming, food products, agriculture renewal, socioeconomic organizations

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