Acting Collectively To Develop Midscale Food Value Chains


  • Larry Lev Oregon State University
  • G. W. Stevenson University of Wisconsin, Madison



Community Of Practice, Differentiated Products, Midsized Farms, Regional, Strategic Partnerships, Supply Chains, Sustainability, Value Chains


This paper uses case studies of four innovative U.S. midscale food value chains to provide models of how midsized farms and ranches and associated processing, distribution, and retail businesses can prosper by acting collectively to construct a "third tier" in the U.S. agri-food system. Specifically we consider the importance of acting collectively at three distinct levels: horizontally among producers, vertically within food value chains, and horizontally across food value chains. These midscale food value chains represent strategic alliances among midsized farms and other agri-food enterprises that operate at regional levels, handle significant volumes of high-quality, differentiated food products, and distribute profit margins equitably among the strategic partners. From a market perspective, the key advantage of these food value chains is their ability to provide these high-quality, differentiated products that are not available through the mainstream commodity market.


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Author Biographies

Larry Lev, Oregon State University

Larry Lev, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-3601 USA.

G. W. Stevenson, University of Wisconsin, Madison

G. W. Stevenson, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1215 USA.



How to Cite

Lev, L., & Stevenson, G. W. (2011). Acting Collectively To Develop Midscale Food Value Chains. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 1(4), 119–128.



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