While the Tri-State region loosely refers to the area where Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin meet, for our project the study area is following 18 counties:
Northwest Illinois: Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside counties
Northeast Iowa: Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, and Jones counties
A note about Dubuque County — while clearly within the Tri-State region, Dubuque county is unable to directly be a project partner because it is considered an urban county. All other counties meet the USDA definition of “rural”, allowing this study to be funded by USDA Rural Development.
Southwestern Wisconsin: Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland counties
For the purposes of our project, “local” is defined by a 250 mile ring around these partner counties. This project will benefit the upper Midwest as a whole and add greatly to the knowledge of the local produce industry.