Applied Research

Some applied economic research supports the Local Food System Economies (LFSE) program in both course development and economic analysis: 

 

Course Development

Barnes, J. 2017. “Bricks-To-Clicks: Online Marketing and Economic Education for Businesses.” Mississippi State University Extension, Forthcoming.

Barnes, J. and K. Coatney. 2015. “The Economic Value of Social Media Advertising on Mississippi Agribusiness: The Case of MG Farms, Inc.” Mississippi State University Extension, Publication 2912.

Barnes, J. 2016. “Organizing To Use Facebook Marketing Advertisements: A Planning Tool for Extension Professionals, Businesses, and Communities.” Journal of Extension, 54(4).

Barnes, J. and K. Coatney. 2016. “Maximizing the Economic Value from Facebook Marketing in the Agrifood System: Boosting Consumer Engagement Through Contests.” Journal of Extension 54(1).

Barnes, J. and K. Coatney. 2015. “Progress on Broadband Adoption in Rural America.” Choices 30(1). Link

Barnes, J. and K. Coatney. 2014. “Regional Economic Development and Marketing Rural Tourism Events Using Facebook: The Woodville Deer and Wildlife Case.” Mississippi State University Extension, Publication 2855.

 

Economic Analysis

Barnes, J. and A. Myles. 2017. “Local Food System Economics: How Selected Specialty Crops Contribute to Mississippi’s Economy.” Mississippi State University Extension, Forthcoming.

Wells, K. and J. Barnes. 2017. “Local Food System Economics: Mississippi Local Farms and Food Profiles.” Mississippi State University Extension, Forthcoming.

Henderson, J., J. Barnes, L. Falconer, B. Williams, and D. Sites. 2016. “The Economic Contribution of Agriculture and Forestry Production and Processing in Mississippi: An Input-Output Analysis.” Mississippi State University Extension, Publication 2962.

Collarte, A., J. Barnes, and A. Hidalgo. 2016. “Overview and Economic Contribution of the Mississippi Blueberry Industry.” Mississippi State University Extension, Publication 3001.

Collart, A., K. Hood, and J. Barnes. 2015. “Overview and the Economic Impact of the Mississippi Blueberry Industry.” Journal of Food Distribution Research, 46(1): 63-64. 

Henderson, J., J. Barnes, L. Falconer, and D. Sites. 2015. “The Economic Contribution of Agriculture and Forestry Production and Processing in Mississippi: An Input-Output Analysis.” Mississippi State University Extension, Publication 2879.

Barnes, J. and J. Henderson. 2014. “The Economic Contribution of the Food and Fiber System to the Mississippi Delta Region.” Mississippi State University Extension, Publication 2840. Link

 

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News

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Filed Under: Local Flavor, Farmers Markets, Local Food System Economies, Marketing and Business Planning, Community, Small Business January 25, 2023

POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- Current and prospective market vendors can learn valuable marketing skills in a Feb. 9 workshop in Poplarville. Farmers Market Vendor Workshop: Boosting Your Revenue will teach participants valuable skills to help them increase sales. The workshop is open to vendors who sell at festivals, farmers markets and other similar venues.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture, Fruit, Local Flavor, Farmers Markets, Local Food System Economies, Marketing and Business Planning, Specialty Crop Production May 27, 2022

The U.S. passion fruit industry is small, but a team of researchers want to help it grow through a grant awarded to Mississippi State University. Eric Stafne, fruit and nut specialist with the MSU Extension Service, is leading a research project aimed at gathering input from growers, marketers, consumers and buyers. The research team wants to better understand the current industry and its future direction.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Beef, Local Food System Economies March 24, 2022

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Two years have passed since the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the U.S., but problems the virus caused in the country’s grocery supply chain could remain well into 2022, which will likely mean higher beef prices for consumers.

Josh Maples, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said labor reductions caused beef shortages, which have increased the price of this commodity across the country.

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Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Agri-business, Local Food System Economies, Food and Health, Food September 11, 2020

Cottage food laws enacted to allow new entrepreneurs to start small-scale food businesses in their homes were updated recently to stay current with the business climate.

Filed Under: Agri-business, Agri-tourism, Local Food System Economies August 14, 2020

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will start rolling out tips Monday to help agritourism farms adapt when they face market losses as COVID-19 changed the way schools are operating and how group events are being held this year.

Success Stories

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Agri-tourism, Culinary Tourism, Farmers Markets, Local Food System Economies, Economic Development, Rural Development, Food, Health, Nutrition, Rural Health, Vegetable Gardens
Volume 4 Number 2

From the youngest to the oldest generations, thousands of people are visiting, shopping, and enjoying themselves at the Hernando Farmers’ Market, held Saturdays on the historic DeSoto County Courthouse lawn.

The market has more than just fresh produce. It connects the community by uniting the shoppers, producers, and artisans who come.

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Contacts

Portrait of Dr. James Newton Barnes
Associate Extension Professor