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Past Summit Testimonial

Read more about a past presenter's experience at the Rural Grocery Summit here.

Fifth National Rural Grocery Summit

The K-State Rural Grocery Initiative is pleased to announce the Fifth National Rural Grocery Summit. This event will be held on June 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kan. Summit speakers and panelists will highlight food retail resources, best practices for rural grocery store operations, and innovative ways to strengthen healthy food access. Read more here.

Agenda for the National Rural Grocery Summit V

Read more about what is taking place at the Summit here.

Nick Graham as Keynote Speaker for Summit

The K-State Rural Grocery Initiative is pleased to announce the luncheon keynote speaker for the Fifth National Rural Grocery Summit on June 6-7 in Wichita, Kan. Nick Graham, current owner and operator of three supermarkets and one hardware store, will give his talk entitled, “10 Years of Being America's Youngest Grocer: Growing a business and sales in a declining area.” Read more here.

Dr. Procter Highlights RGI on NPR

Listen to Dr. Procter on NPR here.

National Rural Grocery Summit Call for Presentations Reminder

Kansas State University’s Rural Grocery Initiative will host the Fifth National Rural Grocery Summit on June 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kan. We will gather together and discover ways to strengthen our rural grocery stores and the communities they reside in. Read more here.

St. John Grocery Store Closing

Located in Stafford County with a population of just under 1,300, St. John, Kan., is the latest small town facing the closing of its only grocery store. Kroger announced on Jan. 22 that it would close the town’s Dillon’s, located on East 4th Avenue. With the nearest store 13 miles away in Great Bend, the residents of St. John are left facing difficult prospects. Read more here.

Call for Presentations and Abstracts

On behalf of the Kansas State University’s Rural Grocery Initiative (RGI), we invite you to submit an abstract or panel presentation to our Fifth National Rural Grocery Summit, June 6-7, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kansas. Read more here.

National Rural Grocery Summit V

The K-State Rural Grocery Initiative is pleased to announce the Fifth National Rural Grocery Summit. This event will be held on June 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kan. We will gather together and discover ways to strengthen our rural grocery stores and the communities they reside in. Read more here.

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Rural Grocery Ownership Models: Case Studies

Learn more about the Rural Grocery Ownership Models.

Rural Grocery Initiative Feeds Small Communities

When the sole grocery store in Onaga, Kansas burned down in 2010, the town lost more than a community hub. The 800 residents also lost their local source of food: The nearest grocery store was a 50-mile round trip. Read more here.