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How do CSA Operators Manage Risks In Their Operations?

Author: 
Mayhah R. Suri

CSA operators utilize various methods to manage risks in their operations.  One way can be through the membership agreement, but other ways can be utlized.  Recently, a report was issued by Mayhah R. Suri and Paul Goeringer discussing the results of the work done by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Maryland Department of Agriculture, the Agriculture Law Education Initiative, and Maryland Farm Bureau examing how CSA operators manage risks in their operations.  The report is the result of grant funding provided by USDA's Ag Marketing Service.

The report Legal Risk Management Solutions for Community Supported Agriculture in Maryland (2016) is available online.

In the video below, Mayhah R Suri goes over results from a state-wide survey of Maryland community-supported agriculture (CSA) farmers and members. The CSA model is al alternative to the conventional agricultural model and as a result, has values, practices, and issues that are sometimes unknown to agricultural specialists. The survey results include why consumers choose CSA farms, what CSA farms in Maryland produce, and sources of conflict between members and farmers.

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