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A customer chooses onions from a vendor's trailer at the 2010 Willmar Farmers Market conducted in the Westside Liquor parking lot. Direct-to-consumer marketing such as at farmers markets is the main method of sales used by small local food producers with gross annual sales of less than $50,000, a new study shows. Tribune file photo by Ron Adams

New USDA study focuses on locally marketed foods

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WILLMAR -- Despite increased production and consumer interest, locally grown food still accounts for a small segment of U.S. agriculture.

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While information regarding U.S. local food producers and their marketing channels remains far from complete, a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides some insight regarding this nascent segment of U.S. agriculture.

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