The Linn County Food Systems Council is a Board of Supervisors appointed group established to advise the County on policies and programs that support an economically, environmentally, and socially resilient food system in Linn County. The council is currently seeking a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges in growing our local food system through the implementation of a local food assessment and development of a planning document. To gain the community’s perspective and input in this process, we are working with New Venture Advisors to collect input from individuals engaged in the growing, making, and buying of local food including the following survey. 

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and will be available until the first week in March. Please note, this is only a survey, not a reporting document or test and your responses are not binding in any way. The responses to the survey will be kept confidential and you have the option of also remaining anonymous.

Thank you in advance for your time and participation. Please forward the survey link to others who may be interested. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Tertinger at Mike.Tertinger@linncounty.org or 319-892-5141. 

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* 1. In what zip code is your farm located?

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* 2. How many years have you been farming?

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* 3. Please select the option that best describes your land access for farming activities:

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* 4. What volume of each of the following do you currently grow or produce on your farm? For example, volume can be estimates listed in pounds, acres, sales, cases, etc. If you do not wish to share specific volumes, please simply put an “x” next to those products produced on your farm.

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* 5. Approximately how many acres of fresh fruits and vegetables do you farm?

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* 6. Would you be interested in devoting additional acreage to fresh fruit and/or vegetable production if there was a market for the product?

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* 7. Approximately how many more plantable acres do you have access to in addition to what is currently in use?

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* 8. If you are seeking (or would seek) additional acreage for the production of fresh fruits, vegetables or livestock, how many acres would you need?

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* 9. If you produce goods other than fresh fruits and vegetables, please indicate your volumes and acres used here. For example, 50 head of cattle on 100 acres or 100 acres of soy, etc.

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* 10. If your pricing and other market requirements were met, what type and volume of new or additional products would you be interested selling to local customers/buyers? Indicate volume next to the appropriate category, for example 100 dozen eggs or 200 pounds of frozen berries, etc. 

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* 11. What are the barriers preventing you from expanding into producing the new or additional products listed above?

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* 12. How would you describe the market for locally grown and raised products? Please rate the following statements from agree to disagree.

  Disagree Neutral Agree
Shoppers and diners seek out locally-produced products
Shoppers and diners are willing to pay more for locally-produced products
Shoppers and diners who reside in Linn County need education on the value of buying locally-produced food
Institutional buyers seek out locally-produced products
Institutional buyers are willing to pay more for locally-produced products
Farmers have the opportunity to sell large quantities of locally-produced products
Farmers have the opportunity to grow and sell a diverse set of products
Farmers have a diverse choice in customers to sell to
The demand for local product exceeds supply

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* 13. Which of the following distribution strategies do you employ on your farm? Select all that apply.

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* 14. How would you describe your production practices? (Select all that apply)

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* 15. Do you have any of the following certifications? (Select all that apply)

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* 16. Approximately what percentage of your 2019 gross income from farming operations was through each of the following channels? Please enter percentages as whole numbers (e.g. enter 20 to denote 20%)

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* 17. In which of the following channels, if any, would you like to expand your sales? (select all that apply)

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* 18. If you are considering wholesale, please indicate the top three possible barriers preventing you from entering or increasing participation in these non-direct-to-consumer channels.

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* 19. What ideas do you have that would reduce the barriers to selling locally grown and raised products in Linn County?

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* 20. Do you currently have the following [infrastructure]? (Select all that apply)

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* 21. Do you have excess capacity in any of the infrastructure you described above (delivery vehicle, cooler, processing equipment) that you might be willing to make available to neighboring growers or a food hub for a fee?

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* 22. If you answered YES above, please describe what infrastructure you could make available.

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* 23. Please indicate which, if any, of the following are barriers preventing you from reaching your farm production and business goals. (Select all that apply)

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* 24. If available, would you be interested in applying for a micro-grant ($5,000-$10,000) to support the growth of your business?

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* 25. Please provide any additional comments, suggestions, concerns or questions that should be taken into account when assessing the challenges and opportunities of the Linn County Food System.

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* 26. The Linn County Food System Council will be hosting a meeting to discuss the results of this survey and gain additional feedback. Please select the following as it relates to your participation in this meeting [approximately 1.5-2 hours].

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* 27. By checking this box you are acknowledging that your responses to this survey, including any proprietary, privileged, or confidential information, WILL NOT be publicly disclosed. Summary findings of the surveyed population may be shared publicly, but will not reveal information identifiable to individual farm operations.

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* 28. If you would like to be added to a local food system contact list, please provide your contact information below. 

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