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2022 National Rural Grocery Summit

View the complete 2022 National Rural Grocery Summit Program here.


Day 1- June 20

Welcome and Opening Keynote

Undersecretary for USDA Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small

Facing Challenges While Keeping the Passion, RF Buche, CEO and President of GF Buche Co - Keynote slides

Breakout Session #1

Track A: Innovation in Rural Grocery

Track B: Rural Grocery Best Practices

Track C: Building Thriving Communities

Alternative Models
of Rural Grocery

Nutrition Incentive Programs for Rural Grocery Panel

Building Partnerships with Rural Grocery

A Non-profit Grocery Store and Community Kitchen Join Forces to Solve the Unsolvable

Selha Graham and Tommy Carlucci, Columbia County Recovery Kitchen

The School-Run Grocery Store Model

Joel Lovesee and Amie Oltman, Unified School District 205 and Bluestem Mercantile

Main Street Market: A Hybrid Model Featuring Traditional Shopping and 24-Hour Access for Rural Communities

Alex and Caileen Ostenson, Main Street Market

Double Down on Double Up: How Nutritional Incentives Work for Rural Grocers and Their Communities

Chelsea Matzen, National Grocers Association Foundation

Lauren Schaumburg, Mid-America Regional Council

Jimmy Wright, Wright’s Market

Daniel Gile, G&W Foods

Shawn Bolerjack and Jeff Wingo, Town & Country Super Markets


Are You Making a Food Pantry Donation Today? The Rural Grocer's Connection to Addressing Hunger: A Model from Kiowa, Kansas

Debra Kolb, Barber County United and Brittney Cavaliere, Connecticut Foodshare Institute for Hunger Research & Solutions

Gas or Groceries? The Intersections of Income, Health, and Community in Low Food-Access Rural Communities

Monica Jarvi, University of Minnesota Department of Sociology

Building Partnerships with Rural Grocery Store Owners: A Case Study on Improving the WIC Shopping Experience

Sara La Lone, North Carolina State University

Lunch and Keynote

Kansas Lieutenant Governor David Toland

Trustbusting Makes a Comeback, Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance - Keynote Transcript and Slides

Breakout Session #2

Track A: Innovation in Rural Grocery

Track B: Rural Grocery Best Practices

Track C: Building Thriving Communities

Community Supported Stores

Transition Planning

Healthy Food Financing

The Rural Ideal: Feeding Ourselves First

Alice Hill, Step Back in Time Food Market

Thinking Outside of the Box to Overcome Obstacles in a Rural Grocery Store

Marilyn Logan, The Marmaton Market Inc.

Surviving and Thriving in a Small Community: The Mildred Store

Regena and Loren Lance, Mildred Store

Determining the Viability of a Grocery Store in Small-Town America

Carey Berger and Paul Adams, The BSR group

Community Vitality and the Exit Planning Process

Rick Feltenberger, Kansas SBDC at Fort Hays State University and ForwardFocus

Grocery Store Transition Tools

Jason Tuller and Charlotte Narjes, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension

Healthy Food Financing Initiatives: A National Perspective

Kate Foley, The Food Trust

Approaches to Evaluating Rural Grocery Efforts through the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

Sarah Jolley, Wichita State University and Jeff Usher, Kansas Health Foundation

Increasing Food Access through Rural Grocery Stores in West Virginia

Matthew Thompson, West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition and WV Rural Grocer Network

Breakout Session #3

Track A: Innovation in Rural Grocery

Track B: Rural Grocery Best Practices

Track C: Building Thriving Communities

Overcoming Obstacles Panel

Best Practices

Healthy Eating Interventions

Dealing with Disruption: How Grocers are Tackling Recent Challenges in the Grocery Industry

Tye Anthony, Associated Wholesale Grocers

Jim Dudlicek, National Grocers Association

Jenny Osner, Hired Man's Grocery & Grill

Jimmy Wright, Wright's Market

Strengthening Small Town Grocery Strategy and Viability Through Local Participatory Engagement & Multi-Resource University Teams

Cynthia Houlden and Shawn Kaskie, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Partnering with Fiscal Sponsors for Fundraising

Stuart Reid, Food Co-op Initiative and Kevin Edberg, Cooperative Development Services

Learning from Each Other: Store Audits

Stuart Reid, Food Co-op Initiative

Food in the Field: An Adaptable, Online Program that Meets Busy Rural Families Where They Are by Encouraging Small Shifts Toward Better Health

Tara Dunker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Implementing ‘Shop Smart, Eat Smart’ in Rural Virginia: A Creative Partnership for Healthy Food Access

Jon Henry, Jon Henry General Store, LLC and Molly Beardslee, VA Family Nutrition Program

Community-Led Approach to Increase Consumption of Fresh Produce: The Case of the Somali Community in Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Nurfadila Khairunnisa and Serdar Mamedov, University of Minnesota Extension

Evening Reception

Poster Session

Hungry Heartland Documentary Screening

Tom Hallaq and Shreepad Joglekar, Kansas State University


Day 2 - June 21

Award Ceremony and Keynote

Good Towns, Good Prospects, Dee Davis, Center for Rural Strategies - Keynote transcript published on the Daily Yonder

Breakout Session #4

Track A: Innovation in Rural Grocery

Track B: Rural Grocery Best Practices

Track C: Building Thriving Communities


Rural Grocery Success Stories

Rural Grocery Research

Rural Food Supply Chain Infrastructure: The Case for First/Last Mile Warehouses

John Kane, Warehouses4Good

Purchase Orders Driving Investment and Innovation

Michelle Klieger, Helianth Partners

Establishing a Network of Local Food Distribution and Improving Food Access in Rural Northern Arizona

Andrea McAdow, Rosebird Gardens and Darren Bingham, Northern Arizona University

A New Model for the Sustainable Rural Grocery Store

Ellen Barber, Marshall County Partnership 4 Growth and Jan Bergkamp, Riverside Market Grocery

Small and Rural Grocery Innovations Case-Study Results

Monica Jarvi, University of Minnesota, Extension and Department of Sociology

Community-Supported Grocery: The Role Social Capital Played in Rural Grocery Startup Projects

Sean Park, Western Illinois University

Perspectives of Online Grocery Shopping Among Rural and Urban Grocery Store Managers

Rachel Gillespie, University of Kentucky

Shopping Local, Sourcing Local

Ren Olive, University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships; Lisa Bates, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Courtney Long, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

A Tour of the Typical Kansas Rural Grocery Store: Findings from the 2021 Kansas Rural Grocery Survey

Jessica Ramirez, Rural Grocery Initiative, K-State Research and Extension

Breakout Session #5

Track A: Innovation in Rural Grocery

Track B: Rural Grocery Best Practices

Track C: Building Thriving Communities

Grocers and the Local Food System

Rural Grocery Funding Resources Panel

Market Forces Affecting Rural Grocery

Grocering Local Food

Kathy Draeger and Ren Olive, University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Local Produce and Eliminating the Supply Chain

Gabe Spurgeon, South Baldwin Farms

The Food Waste Opportunity: How Rural Grocers Can Support Local Communities by Cutting Food Waste

Shawn Shepherd, ReFED


Funding Programs to Support Rural Grocery

Wayne Bell, U.S. Small Business Administration, Wichita District Office

Erica Blair, Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

David Carter, Kansas State University Engineering Extension and Kansas Energy Program

Thomas Papadatos, NetWork Kansas

Trisha Purdon, Kansas Office of Rural Prosperity

Travis Snider, USDA Rural Development

Economic Disruption and the Rise of the "Grocery" Dollar Store: What Independents Should Know and Do

Mari Gallagher, Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group

Anthony Goodwin, National Co+op Grocers

Vertical Integration and Predatory Capture of Dairy Production by Super Co-ops and Super Retailers

Alan Lewis, Natural Grocers


Bonus Breakout
Reinvestment Fund’s Limited Supermarket Access Analysis, Michelle Schmitt

Lunch and Closing Keynote

Rick Peterson, K-State Research & Extension

Disrupting the Supply Chain to Serve Rural Places More Effectively, Lori Capouch, Jenna Gullickson, Diana Hahn, Nancy Hodur, Rural Access Distribution (RAD) Cooperative - Keynote Slides


Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service

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