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2012 Speaker Series - May 16


Local Food Systems in Maryland: Current Situation and Outlook - Local agricultural systems, farm to school, organic farming, health planning, locally grown food consumption.

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Date/Time: May 16, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Please note date and time change)
Location: 1st Floor Media Room, County Administration Building (CAB), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
CM: 1.5 hours
Speaker/Instructor: James C. Hanson, Agricultural Economist, University of Maryland
Speaker/Instructor’s Biography:

Jim Hanson is an extension economist, with an emphasis on small farms and sustainable agriculture, for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland at College Park. He has served as the university’s representative on the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE). Some of his extension programs include increasing consumption of local foods in schools (farm to school), risk management for organic farmers, sustainable crop rotations for the Mid-Atlantic, organic apple production, encouraging the transition of tobacco farmers in Southern Maryland to high value fruit and vegetable production, and supporting small farmers. He has served as the associate director and associate dean for University of Maryland Extension (acting), 2005–2006. From 1996 to 2001, he served as assistant director and program leader for agriculture and natural resources for University of Maryland Extension. He received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Maryland and his M.S. in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Minnesota. For more information, see his home page at