Lawrence considering creating food hub

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence and Douglas County officials are stepping up efforts to create a “food hub” that would handle fruits, vegetables and grains grown in a 16-county region.

Douglas County officials have received a $68,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Health Foundation to study the feasibility of the project. County Commissioners on Wednesday also agreed to hire a company to examine the potential number of farmers, crops and consumers the regional hub could support.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/15wV4Zi ) three local officials also traveled to Memphis, Tenn., last week to participate in a workshop designed to bring together communities that could make locally grown food a major part of their economies.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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