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Title:Exploring avenues of fruit and vegetable promotion by Illinois farmers
Author(s):Rudin, Kati
Advisor(s):Nickols-Richardson, Sharon M
Contributor(s):Ellison, Brenna; Pflugh Prescott, Melissa
Department / Program:Food Science & Human Nutrition
Discipline:Food Science & Human Nutrition
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
registered dietitian nutritionist
specialty crop
specialty crops
Abstract:This is an exploratory study investigating the marketing practices of Illinois farmers towards the promotion of specialty crop consumption. Previous literature on this topic encompassed information about fruit and vegetable social marketing campaigns that were conducted through farmers’ markets and grocery stores. However, to our knowledge, there was no literature regarding specialty crop growers and social marketing campaigns for the promotion of fruits and vegetables or their collaboration with a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN). The purpose of this study was to specifically investigate the use of websites, such as the Illinois Product Logo Program, and collaboration with RDNs for the promotion of produce. The “Illinois Food Marketing and Food Security Survey'' was created and distributed to farmers in Illinois through Illinois Extension County Directors and other key stakeholders. Participants received a $15 e-code for completion of the survey, which was electronic and hosted on the platform, Qualtrics. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics due to the small non-normally distributed sample size. Annual income was the primary dependent variable. There were 36 surveys received by the due date with a total of 7 filled out to completion. This study suggested that farm business websites were used by a majority of local Illinois farmers (71.4%). Few Illinois farmers with annual incomes of less than $50,000 were aware of the Illinois Products Logo Program (28.6%). In addition, it was found that few Illinois farmers with annual incomes of greater than $50,000 may have worked with a RDN to promote produce (28.6%). Lastly, it was identified that few farms with annual income of less than $50,000 had an interest in working with a RDN in the future to promote produce (14.3% very interested and 14.3% somewhat interested). More research is needed to further investigate the avenues of fruit and vegetable promotion by farmers and the benefits of collaborations between Illinois farmers and RDNs.
Issue Date:2020-07-23
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Kati Rudin
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-10-07
Date Deposited:2020-08

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