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Evaluating Producer Selection Policies in Intermediated Regional Food Distribution Systems: An Agent-Based Approach
Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters
  • Caroline C. Krejci, Iowa State University
  • Richard T. Stone, Iowa State University
  • Michael C. Dorneich, Iowa State University
  • Stephen B. Gilbert, Iowa State University
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2015
Conference Title
2015 Computational Social Science Society of the Americas Conference
Conference Date
October 29-November 1, 2015
Geolocation
(35.6869752, -105.93779899999998)
Abstract
The recent increase in demand for regionally-produced food has resulted in a need for more efficient distribution methods. To connect regional food producers and consumers, intermediated regional food supply networks have developed. The intermediary, known as a regional food hub, serves as an aggregation point for products and information and may also act as a filter to ensure that the requirements of both producers and consumers are consistently met. This paper describes an empirically-based agent-based model of a regional food network in central Iowa that is intermediated by a food hub. The model was used to test a variety of producer selection policies that could be implemented by the food hub manager to improve operations. Results indicate that policies that protect producers from competition may have negative consequences for consumer satisfaction.
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This is a proceeding from the 2015 Computational Social Science Society of the Americas Conference. Posted with permission.

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The Authors
Language
en
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Caroline C. Krejci, Richard T. Stone, Michael C. Dorneich and Stephen B. Gilbert. "Evaluating Producer Selection Policies in Intermediated Regional Food Distribution Systems: An Agent-Based Approach" Sante Fe, NM(2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stephen_b_gilbert/22/