Rich Pirog


Rich Pirog

Rich Pirog has been director of MSU Center for Regional Food Systems since January 2016. He joined the CRFS in May 2011 as senior associate director, having previously served as associate director at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Rich has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable food systems research and outreach. His research and collaborative work on food value chains, food hubs, economic impacts of local foods, and food networks and communities of practice has been cited in magazines and media outlets across the globe, used by local food practitioners and are often referenced in books and college courses. At the Center for Regional Food Systems, Rich has co-founded the Livestock Work Group and led the establishment of the Michigan Food Hub Network. Rich has a B.A. in Earth Science from Kean University and an M.S. in Agricultural Meteorology from the University of Missouri.

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