Project ID



Linear programming tools are used to gauge regional potential for local diversified agriculture required to meet the dietary needs of the population.

Key Question

Can Iowa and other Midwestern states be self-sustainable in food production?


Investigators designed two new metrics to guide strategic planning toward more localized systems: the "per capita" cropland requirement" and the "regional self-sustainability index." Emphasis was on minimizing the distance between population centers and available cropland, accounting for variations in yield among 40 of the most marketable food crops that can be grown in the Midwestern United States.

Principal Investigator(s)

Guiping Hu


Randy Boeckenstedt, Lizhi Wang, Susan Wohlsdorf-Arendt

Year of Grant Completion