Project ID



Producer-distributors can use the information in this set of case studies to identify commercial advantages and disadvantages that can affect the success of their enterprises.

Key Question

What can other Iowa growers and processors learn from this small but diverse set of cases and product assessments?


First, the case studies provide insights to how transaction costs (i.e., costs of resources used to deliver a grown or processed food product to the next stage of the supply chain) act as constraints in the process. Next, some of the methods used may help others overcome limitations of distance as alternatives for wider markets are considered. Finally, the analysis of published data, found in the product assessment section, provides potential benchmarks in the form of revenue and cost measurements for six specified product groups.

Principal Investigator(s)

Clyde K. Walter, Randy Boeckenstedt


Craig Chase

Year of Grant Completion