Rural Economic Development

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Oregon Community Food Systems by the Numbers: Oregon's Farmers Markets

Examines the impact of farmers markets in low-income areas of Oregon with low access to supermarkets. One in a series of fact sheets that monitors trends and changes in various dimensions of the food system.

By Lauren Gwin | OSU Extension Catalog

Unabandoned Documentary of Eastern Oregon

Five OSU students produce a documentary of their exploration of the meaning of community in rural Eastern Oregon.


Economic Linkages and Impact Analysis for the Oregon Sea Grant Programmed and Operated Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center

The Oregon Sea Grant Visitor Center at Hatfield Marine Science Center attracts 150,000 visitors a year and does not require an admission fee. Surveying visitors, 39% of all people indicated that half or more of their reason for coming to the Oregon coast was to visit the Visitor Center.

By Larry Lev, Catherine McBride, Mallory Rahe, Bruce Sorte, | Publication

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Farmers' markets growing in popularity but not all succeed

Jul 23, 2007
Almost half of all new farmers' markets close within, or after, their first year of operation according to a new study from Oregon State University.

News Story

County fairs boost local economies

Aug 8, 2006
A new study finds that county fairs generate local dollars and build social capital.

By Peg Herring | News Story

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Animal, mineral, or vegetable, what is the coolest thing for my farm?

I need some help evaluating crops and or animals that I can make money with. How to find good products that are in high demand. We are organic.  

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