David Conner grew up in central Pennsylvania and holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Cornell and Masters in Extension Education from UVM. His professional interests span the economics of sustainable food systems from farm to fork. David lives in Burlington with his three children. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, especially hiking, making music and gardening.
Academic Journal Articles
- Conner, David, Florence Becot, & Diane Imrie. "Critical Reflections on the USDA Local Food Economics Toolkit." Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development [Online], 7.2 (2017): 1-9. Web. 9 Feb. 2017
- Conner, D., Estrin, H. and Becot, F. (Accepted for publication July 2, 2013). High School Harvest: Combining Food Service Training and institutional Procurement. Journal of Extension.
- Buckley, J., Conner, D., Matts, C. and Hamm, M. (Accepted for publication May 6 2013). Social relationships and farm-to-institution initiatives: complexity and scale in local food systems. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.
- Conner, D., Becot, F., Kahler, E., Sawyer, S. Hoffer, D., and Berlin, L. (2013). Measuring Current Consumption of Locally Grown Foods in Vermont: Methods for Baselines and Targets. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 3 (3), 83-94
- Becot, F., Nickerson, V., Conner, D. & Kolodinsky, J. (2012). Costs of Food Safety Certification on Fresh Produce Farms in Vermont. HortTechnology, 22(5). 705-714.
- Conner, D., King, B., Kolodinsky, J., Roche, E., Koliba, C. and Trubek, A. (2012). You can know your school and feed it too: Vermont farmers' motivations and distribution practices in direct sales to school food services. Agriculture and Human Values. 29 (3) 321-332.
- Conner, D., Izumi, B., Liquori, T. and Hamm, M. (2012). Sustainable School Food Procurement in Large K-12 Districts: Prospects for Value Chain Partnerships. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 41 (1)100–113.
- Waldman, K., Conner, D., Montri, A., Biernbaum, J. and Hamm, M. (Accepted for publication March 11, 2012). Determinants of hoophouse profitability: A case study of 12 novice Michigan farmers. HortTechnology.
- Getter, K., Behe, B. Howard, P. and Conner, D. (Accepted for publication March 5, 2012). Pasture-raised milk: the market for a differentiated product. Journal of Food Products Marketing.
- Conner, D., Izumi, B., Liquori, T. and Hamm, M. (Accepted for publication 2/14/2012). Sustainable School Food Procurement in Large K-12 Districts: Prospects for Value Chain Partnerships. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.
- Conner, D., King, B., Kolodinsky, J., Roche, E., Koliba, C. and Trubek, A. (In Press; accepted for publication December 5, 2011). You can know your school and feed it too: Vermont farmers' motivations and distribution practices in direct sales to school food services. Agriculture and Human Values.
- Conner, D., Nowak, A., Berkenkamp, J., Feenstra, G., Van Soelen Kim, J. Liquori, T. and Hamm, M. (2011). Value chains and sustainable procurement in large school districts: Scholar and practitioner efforts to foster partnerships. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 1 (4). http://www.agdevjournal.com/attachments/article/172/
- Conner, D. King, B., Koliba, C., Kolodinsky, J. and Trubek, A. (2011) Mapping Farm to School Networks Implications for Research and Practice. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 6 (2) 133-152.
- Haan, M., Conner, D. and Taylor, P. (2011). Pasture-based Dairying in Michigan: Farmer Practices and Needs. Journal of Extension 49 (3). http://www.joe.org/joe/2011june/rb3.php
- Conner, D., Montri, A. and Hamm, M. (2009). Demand for Local Produce from Passive Solar Greenhouses: Contributions to Sustainable Food Systems. Journal of Food Distribution Research 25 (1) 47-52
- Martinez, L., Conner, D., Bingen, J. and Reardon, E. (2009). Great Lakes Organic Produce in Wholesale and Retail Grocery Outlets: Opportunities and Challenges from Michigan. Journal of Food Distribution Research 25 (1) 118-122.
- Conner, D. (2004). Beyond Organic: Information Provision for Sustainable Agriculture in a Changing Market. Journal of Food Distribution Research 35 (1) 34-39.
- Conner, D. and Christy, R. (2004). The Organic Label: How to Reconcile its Meaning with Consumer Preferences. Journal of Food Distribution Research 35 (1) 40-43.
- Conner, D. (2003). The Organic Label: Does The USDA Definition Conform To Consumer Preferences? In Lockeretz, W., Editor, Ecolabels and the Greening of the Food Market, Proceedings of a Conference, Boston MA, November 7-9, 2002. Tufts University, Boston, MA, 35-40.
- Conner, D. and Christy, R. (2002). Consumer Preferences for Organic Standards: Guiding Demand Expansion Strategies for Organic Food. Journal of Food Distribution Research 33 (1) 46-51.
Associations and Affiliations
- Food Distribution Research Society
- Agriculture Food and Human Values Society
Areas of Expertise and/or Research
The economics of sustainable food systems.
- PhD, Cornell, Agricultural Economics, 2002
- Master of Extension Education, UVM, 1997
- BS, Penn State, Life Science, 1987
205 H Morrill Hall
- CDAE 168: Marketing for Community Entrepreneurs
- CDAE 195/295 SL: Cabot Marketing Challenge
- CDAE 250 SL: Applied Research Methods
- CDAE 395: The Economics of Food Systems
- CDAE 395: Applied Econometrics