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Northland College faculty eat at outdoor buffet

USDA awards CRC funding to study regional food system   

…find ways to make it easier for people to access food produced in the region, and in doing so, we hope to create greater sustainability for our small farms and our local economy,” said Robin Kemkes, faculty research associate at the Center for Rural Communities. Northland College received one of…

Aerial shot of Ashland and Chequamegon Bay

Rural America: A Living Laboratory

Center for Rural Communities Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide

…to “support development that aligns environmental and economic goals, and development that is more inclusive, meets diverse needs, and creates resilient communities.” Robin Kemkes, an assistant professor of economics and the Chapple Chair of Regional Economic Development, focuses on the connections between a healthy environment and sustainable economic development. Kemkes

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Value-Added Dairy in the Chequamegon Bay Region

…a diversified dairy market may offer a more stable revenue source,” said Robin Kemkes, faculty research associate at the Center for Rural Communities, who will be heading the project. “The study will determine if this is feasible.” Kemkes said that student-research assistants, staff, and faculty will be contributing to this…

Local Food Important to Northern Wisconsin Residents

…percent get food by sharing, exchanging, or by donation. “These activities contribute to the diversity, resilience, and culture of the north woods food system,” said Robin Kemkes, research associate at the Center for Rural Communities. “For this reason, access to land is important for maintaining food security and a way…


2 Acknowledgements Funding for this report was provided by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program. Author Robin J. Kemkes, Faculty Research Associate, Northland College This project was supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no….