Director, Center for Regional Food Systems
Rich Pirog is director at the Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) at Michigan State University. He is responsible for the strategic direction, management, and achievement of mission for the Center. From 2011 through 2015 he was senior associate director at CRFS. His programmatic work includes the Michigan Food Hub Network, the the Michigan Good Food Fund as well as the Michigan Good Food Charter. From 1990-2011 he was associate director and program leader for marketing and food systems at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa. Pirog's work in local foods, food hubs, food system networks, economic impact of local foods, and food value chains has been publicized and cited widely across the U.S. His recent writings and research include impact of local foods, evolution of the local food movement, structural racism present in the U.S. food system, and building networks to address social, health and economic challenges in the food system. He has a B.A. in Earth Science from Kean University and an M.S. in Agricultural Meteorology from the University of Missouri.