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. Choose the option below that best describes your operation.

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* 2. In what zip code is your business located?

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* 3. Please indicate which of the following, if any, you are willing to pay a premium for when purchasing agricultural products for your business?

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* 4. How does your organization define “local” when referring to locally grown or produced food products?

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* 5. What percentage of your total annual food budget is spent on locally sourced products? (include ALL categories - produce, proteins, value-added, etc)

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* 6. Of your total local purchases, please indicate the percentage breakdown from each of the following categories. For example, if you spend $100 total on local food, what percentage of that is spent on vegetables? Please enter percentages as whole numbers (e.g. enter 20 to denote 20%).

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* 7. Who are your primary suppliers of local farm products?

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* 8. What are the top three challenges you face when purchasing local farm products?

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* 9. What do you require of suppliers in terms of food safety?

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* 10. How much more would you purchase of the following locally sourced products if it were available and the necessary requirements were met? (Indicate volume next to the appropriate category, for example 100 dozen eggs or 200 pounds of frozen berries, etc.)


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* 11. Which of the following describes your standard pricing strategy with respect to local farm products?

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* 12. What are the top farm products you are interested in getting from local sources? Select all that you are interested in.

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

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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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* 14. What are some of the Linn County Food System challenges you've experienced? Any that we missed in this survey?

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* 15. What are some of the Linn County Food System opportunities you see?


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* 16. 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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* 17. If you would like to be added to a list of food system contacts, please provide your contact information below.

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* 18. 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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