Why Nebraska Food Systems?

You don’t have to be a farmer to be interested in where your food comes from and how it gets to the dinner table. Nebraska’s status as one of the world’s leading agricultural centers positions our state well to have a major impact on producers and consumers in regions across the state.

Local and regional food systems bring value to communities by

  • generating economic development
  • creating relationships between residents, farmers and businesses
  • preserving and protecting farm land
  • supporting healthy lifestyles

All of us rely on the food system, but it’s not always clear what role we play or how we can make it better. Nebraska Extension is poised to assist all Nebraskans to become better acquainted with their food system and to work with communities across the state to embark on building a food system that meets the needs of everyone.

Join Today! Summit Report Feb 2019

The Nebraska Regional Food Systems Initiative is committed to...


Creating spaces that are inviting to all, and proactively seeking and engaging non-traditional partners.

Shared Ownership

Fostering shared responsibility, collaborative decision making, and participation so all voices have impact.

Trustworthy Sources

Evidence-based sources of information and fact-driven decision making.

Iterative Process

A constant cycle of experimenting, learning, and adapting in order to respond to emerging needs.

Accessible Information

Clear, accessible language and data shared openly for public use.

The 5 Food System Sectors

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Distribution & Marketing

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Resource Management

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Meet the Team

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Lisa Franzen-Castle

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Katie Kreuser

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Ben McShane-Jewell

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Rex Nelson

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John Porter

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Vanessa Wielenga