Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

Dawn Thilmany

Center Leadership Team at CSU

Dawn Thilmany is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and Co-Director of the Regional Economic Development Institute at Colorado State University.

Her research and outreach focuses on food systems and rural economic development, primarily focused on opportunities related to value-added food market supply chains, market access and financial viability of rural and underserved food enterprises such as beginning farmers, food consumer behavior and economic diversification strategies such as agritourism and entrepreneurship. She previously led and currently serves on the Colorado Food System Advisory Council and helped to establish the Colorado Building Farmer Program (operating since 2006), led the team who established the Local Food Economics Toolkit and Calculator ( and worked with the USDA AMS to explore the dynamics of shared kitchens (
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