Local Food Matters in Nebraska

Farm and Food
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Buying locally produced food has a host of benefits for Nebraska: It is fresher, healthier, and more flavorful, it strengthens the local economy, and it is better for the environment. Dollars spent on local foods stay in our communities, helping our small businesses and small farms while supporting the regional economy:

“On average, for every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $45 goes back into the community. However, for every $100 spent at a non-local business, only $14 goes back into the community. Currently, 4 of the 10 lowest-income counties in the nation are located in Nebraska. By buying locally, we provide a local stimulus package entirely earmarked for the surrounding economy.”

—University of Nebraska-Lincoln

When you buy locally, more of the money goes to the farmer, rather than intermediary food corporations.1 Local food is a win for the farmer and the consumer alike.