CEDIK's recent publications, reports, presentations and awarded grants:


Journal/Book Publications:

Jairus Rossi, Tim Woods, & Alison Davis (2018). The Local Food System Vitality Index. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 8(3), 137-158.

Tim Woods, Ali Asgari, & Jairus Rossi (2018). Trust Signals and Legitimacy in Local Products for Local Markets. Choices. Quarter 3.

Jayoung Koo (2018). Visibility of Sustainable Development Efforts: Assessment of Kentucky Trail Towns. Journal of Sustainable Development. 1(6), 187-204.

Zimmerman, Julie N., & Kahl, Daniel. (2018) Finding Publicly Available Data for Extension Planning and Programming: Developing Community Portraits. Journal of Extension. 56(3).

Daniel Kahl & A. Campbell (2018). “Engaging Citizens to Influence Climate Change.” In Albrecht, D. & Lachapelle, P. (eds), Approaches to Address Climate Change at the Community Level in the U.S.  London: Routledge Publishing.

Rossi, Jairus J., Timothy A. Woods, and James E. Allen, IV, "Impacts of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Voucher Program on Food Lifestyle Behaviors: Evidence from an Employer-Sponsored Pilot Program." Sustainability, 9(9), 1543, August 2017. doi:10.3390/su9091543

Rossi, Jairus, James E. Allen IV, Timothy A. Woods, and Alison F. Davis, "CSA shareholder food lifestyle behaviors: a comparison across consumer groups," Agriculture and Human Values, February 2017. doi:10.1007/s10460-017-9779-7

Allen, James, IV, Jairus Rossi, Timothy Woods, and Alison Davis, “Do community supported agriculture programmes encourage change to food lifestyle behaviours and health outcomes? New evidence from shareholders,” International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, May 2016. doi: 10.1080/14735903.2016.1177866

Owusu-Amankwah, Georgette, Jason R. Swanson, James E. Allen IV, Junghee Han, and Alison Davis, "Restaurant tax feasibility: determinants of restaurant threshold price," International Journal of Hospitality and Event Management (IJHEM), 1:4, 2016. doi: 10.1504/IJHEM.2016.10003047

R.J. Coleman, M.G. Rossano, C. Jill Stowe, S. Johnson, A. Davis, J. Allen IV, A.E. Jarrett, G. Grulke, L. Brown and S. Clark, “The 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey: importance and impact of the equine industry in Kentucky” in C. Vial and R. Evans (eds), The New Equine Economy in the 21st Century (45-54), The Netherlands : Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2015.

Nicole Breazeale, Michael W-P Fortunato, James Allen IV, Ronald J. Hustedde, Helen Pushkarskaya, “Constructing a multi-dimensional measure of local entrepreneurial culture,” Community Development, 46:5, 516-540, October 2015. doi: 10.1080/15575330.2015.1080743

Allen, James, IV, Alison Davis, Wuyang Hu, Emmanuel Owusu-Amankwah, “Residents’ Willingness-to-Pay for Attributes for Rural Health Care Facilities,” Journal of Rural Health, July 2014. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12080

Allen, James, IV, Sarah Bowker, Charles Stamper, Emmanuel Owusu-Amankwah, and Alison Davis. “Resident Valuation of Kentucky’s Extension Fine Arts Program,” Journal of Extension, 52:2. April 2014.

Jeffcoat, Chris and Alison F Davis, “Willingness to Pay for Broadband Access by Kentucky Farmers,” Selected Paper Journal of Agriculture and Applied Economics, 2012, 44(3): p 323-334.


Reports, Policy Briefs & Working Papers:

Rossi, Jairus, A. Lee Meyer, and Jann Knappage, "Beyond Farmers Markets: Local Foods Opportunities in Southeastern Kentucky's Retail and Institutional Industry," Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, U.S. Economic Development Authority, March 2018.

Troske, SuZanne and Alison Davis, Ambulance Services for Medicare Beneficiaries: State Differences in Usage, 2012-2014. Lexington, KY: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center; 2017.

Ona, Lucia, James Allen IV, Alison Davis, and Xiao He, "Determinants of Bypass Behavior for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in Rural Kentucky," Staff Paper No. 496, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, June 2016.

Brislen, Lilian, Jairus Rossi, and Kenny Stancil, "First Processed Produce in Central Kentucky: A Pre-feasibility Study," The Food Connection, University of Kentucky, May 2016.

Rossi, J., H. Hyden, T. Woods, A. Davis, L. Breslin, J. Allen IV, “Fayette County Local Food Demand Assessment,” Staff Paper No. 493, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, December 2015. 

Davis, Alison F, Richard Maurer, James Mansfield, Chandler Purdom, Karen Fawcett, and James Allen IV, "An Evaluation of Agricultural Development Board Investments in Kentucky Agriculture 2007-2014: KADF Projects, Programs, & the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation," Executive Summary provided to the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, November 20, 2015.

Davis, Alison F, James Allen IV, Michael Childress, Jeffrey Talbert, and Richard Maurer, “An Evaluation of ARC Health Projects, 2006 – 2010,” report provided to Appalachian Regional Commission, 2015.

Burney, Shaheer, and Alison F DavisDeterminants of Entrepreneurship from the Kentucky Entrepreneurship Survey, Staff Paper No. 495, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky. August 2015.

Burney, Shaheer, and Alison F DavisThe Importance of Agriculture for Kentucky, Staff Paper No. 494, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, February 2015.

Robbins, Lynn W, and James Allen IVEconomic Gardening and the Grow Kentucky Program, Staff Paper No. 491, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, June 2015.

Stringer, J., Thomas, B., Ammerman, B., and Davis, A., Kentucky Forestry Economic Report 2014, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry, FORFS 15-03.

Stringer, J., Thomas, B., Ammerman, B., and Davis, A., Kentucky Forestry Economic Report 2012-2013, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry, FORFS 13-03.

Davis, Alison F, L. Garkovich, L. Maynard, J. Allen IV, S. Burney, and T. Dunaway, “The Influence of the Agricultural Cluster on the Fayette County Economy,” Funded by the Kentucky Farm Bureau, 2013.

Davis, Alison F, “Kentucky Healthcare Market Report,” Funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, 2012.



Woods, Tim, Alison Davis, and Jairus Rossi.  Local Food Vitality Index: Utilizing Resident Consumer Views of Food System Performance to Create a Development Road Map. Food Distribution Research Society, Honolulu, Hawaii, October 24th, 2017.

Rossi, Jairus. The Local Food System Vitality Index: A Tool for Identifying Development Opportunities within the Food System. CDS/NACDEP, Big Sky, Montana, June 2017.

Rossi, Jairus. The Embodied Shareholder: Community Supported Agriculture as a Wellness Intervention. American Association of Geographers 113th Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, April 2017.

Davis, Alison F, "An Evaluation of Agricultural Development Board Investments in Kentucky Agriculture 2007-2014," presented to the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, November 20, 2015.

Gustafson, Alison, James Allen IV, “Neighborhood Disadvantage, Food Resources in the Environment, and the Influence on Food Store Choice and Purchasing Behavior among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participants and SNAP Eligible Households,” FoodAPS Research Initiative: Understanding SNAP, Food Security, and Geographic Factors in Food Purchase and Acquisition Decisions, Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC, October 22, 2015. 

Davis, Alison F, Shaheer Burney, "Determinants of Entrepreneurial Intention," poster presented at Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Meeting, San Francisco, CA, July 26-28, 2015.

Bond, Melissa, “Finding Arts in the College of Agriculture,” Community Development Society (CDS) Annual Meeting, Lexington, KY, July 21, 2015.

Giordano, Eric, Sarah Frank Bowker, Corey Buttry, Connie Hancock, “Arts, Culture and Public Deliberation: An Experiment in Democratic Placemaking in Rural Communities,” Community Development Society (CDS) Annual Meeting, Lexington, KY, July 21, 2015.

Davis, Alison F. "Program Evaluation of ARC's Health Projects, 2004-2010," presented to Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington DC, June 30, 2015.

Woods, Tim, Jairus Rossi, James Allen IV, and Graham Soley, “Comparative Wellness Metrics—CSA Shareholders versus Everybody Else,” Western Education and Research Activities (WERA) Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, June 22, 2015.

Allen, James, IV, “Economic Gardening: Principles and Application”, Eastern Kentucky Leadership Foundation meeting, Pikeville, KY, April 23, 2015.

Burney, Shaheer, James Allen IV, Alison F Davis. “County Fiscal Policy and Entrepreneurship: The Impact of Occupational License Taxes on Business Startups.” Agricultural and Applied Economics Association; 2014/

Allen, James, IV, “CEDIK: County Data Profiles,” for 28th Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association and Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association Joint Summer Conference, Louisville, KY, July 11, 2014.

Davis, Alison F and James Allen IV, “The Value of Access to Rural Hospitals,” National Rural Health Association, February 2014.

Allen, James, IV, Alison Davis, “Overview of CEDIK,” for symposium on The Growing Need for Outreach Education in the Rural Local Public Sector and Why it Matters to the Private Sector, 2014 Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA), Dallas, TX, February 3, 2014.

Davis, Alison F, “Economic Development in Rural Communities,” HUD Grantee Convening, December 2013.

Allen, James, IV, Alison Davis, Wuyang Hu, Emmanuel Owusu-Amankwah, “The Value of Access to Rural Healthcare,” Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 5, 2013.

Davis, Alison FMarisa Aull, “Engaging the Community in the Affordable Care Act’s Mandated Community Health Needs Assessment,” Community Development Society, July 2013

Davis, Alison F, Nicole Breazeale, Ron Hustedde, Ellen Usher, Helen Pushkarskaya, and James Allen IV, “Promoting Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities,” National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative PI meeting, February 2013

Maynard, Leigh and Alison F Davis, “The Influence of the Agricultural Cluster on the Fayette County Economy,” Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, February 2013.

Davis, Alison F, “The State of Rural Kentucky,” Kentucky State Legislature, Rural Affairs Subcommittee, November 2012.

Beaulieu, Bo, Alison F Davis,Marisa Zapata, “Creating Vibrant Regional Economies: An Assessment of the SET Initiative.” Community Development Society Annual Meeting, July 2012.

Davis, Alison F, Chris Jeffcoat, “Broadband Adoption in Agriculture,” Southern Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, February 2012.