2014 Rural Grocery Summit

June 9-10, 2014, Manhattan, KS

Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speakers

“How Can Rural Groceries Help Build Local Food Economies?” Ken Meter, President, Crossroads Resource Center, Minneapolis, MN

“The Little Grocery That Could – It’s the Power of Small,” Mark Winne, Food Systems Author, Santa Fe, NM

“What We’ve Accomplished and What We Need to Accomplish with the Rural Grocery Initiative,” Dr. David Procter, Rural Grocery Initiative

2014 Breakout Sessions

Improving the Grocery Bottom Line: Energy Efficiency

Bringing Groceries to Food Deserts: Innovative Models of Grocery Operation

Food Deserts: Promoting Healthy Food Choices

Bringing Groceries to Food Deserts: Grocery Operations as Food Hub

Improving the Grocery Bottom Line: Incorporating Local Produce and Products

  • “California Healthy Stores Initiative,” Reyna Villalobos, Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, Tulare, CA
  • “Opportunities, Challenges, and Myths: Selling Locally Grown Food in Your Grocery Store,” Greg Schweser and Kathryn Draeger, University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, St. Paul, MN
  • “'From the Land of Kansas': Selling Kansas Products in Our Rural Grocery Stores,” Annarose Hart, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka, KS

Community Organizing for Grocery Stores and Rural Food Access

Improving the Bottom Line: Grocery Owners Best Grocery Ideas

  • “How Rural Stores Can Improve Sales,” Hannah Miller, Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • “Improving Our Bottom Line: A Panel Discussion with Rural Grocery Owners”
    • Increasing Sales by Partnering with Other Local Food Buyers, Cuba Cash Store, Dale Huncovsky, Cuba, KS
    • Increasing Sales through Increased Community Support, Hometown Market, Elaine Riley, Minneola, KS
    • Increasing Sales, Floyd’s Market, Roger Floyd, Sedan, KS
    • Increasing Sales, Central Market, Steve Anderson, Hebron, NE

Toolkits for Grocery Owners

  • “The Rural Grocery Toolkit,” Dan Kahl, Center for Engagement and Community Development, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; Cole Cottin, Kansas Rural Center, Whiting, KS; Leslie Manning, River Valley District, KSRE, Clay Center, KS
  • “Healthy Food Access Portal,” Pat Smith, The Reinvestment Fund, Philadelphia, PA

National Financing Rural Food Retail

  • “Loans to Bring New Stores to High Need Areas,” Matt Nordmann, IFF, St. Louis, MO
    "Healthy Food Financing: Opportunities for Rural Grocers," Miriam Manon, The Food Trust, Philadelphia, PA
  • “USDA Assistance for Rural Grocery Stores,” Randy Snider, Iola, KS and David Kramer, Topeka, KS, USDA Rural Development

Food Deserts: Measuring the Impacts

  • “Measuring the Impact of Food Deserts and Food Balance in Public Health in Rural America,” Mari Gallagher, Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting, Chicago, IL

Bringing Groceries to Food Deserts: Newly Opened Rural Grocery Stores: Challenges and Lessons Learned

  • “Chapman Food Mart,” Doug Thompson, Chapman, KS
  • Tyler’s Market,” Connie Mefford, Pilot Grove, MO

Improving Your Bottom Line: Customer Service

Using Policy to Improve Rural Food Access

Financing Rural Food Retail

Marketing Your Store via Social Media

  • “Marketing your Store After the Loss of the Local Newspaper,” Steve Smethers and Barbara DeSanto, A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • “From the Land of Kansas,” Stacy Mayo, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka, KS
  • “Is Social Media a Waste of My Time?” Cody Heitschmidt, ESSDAK, Hutchinson, KS