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MONTPELIER, Vermont — In a story Jan. 20 about food-related jobs, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount that local food purchases have increased. It was $189 million, not $189 billion.

The AP also erroneously reported that categories of local food purchases had increased by certain percentages. The figures provided for beverages, dairy, baked goods, meat and vegetables were percentages of total local food purchased, not increases in those items.

Also, relying on information from a report official, the AP erroneously reported on the span of years over which food jobs increased and manufacturing employment decreased. The employment changes occurred from 2002 to 2014, not 2009 to 2014.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Report: Food related jobs have increased by 5,300

A new report says the number of food related jobs in Vermont has grown by 5,300 between 2009 and 2014

By LISA RATHKE

Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vermont — Vermont has added 5,300 food related jobs between 2009 and 2014, according to an annual report released Wednesday on Farm to Plate, a 10-year initiative to boost the state's food and farm economy.

The effort — with a budget last year of about $550,000 drawn from state funds, sponsorships and private donations — is at its midpoint.

When legislators passed the Farm to Plate Investment program, "we had no idea how much change might be possible," said Rep. Carolyn Partridge, D-Windham, a sheep farmer and the chairwoman of the House Agriculture and Forest Products committee.

Some of the highlights of the report are:

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LOCAL FOOD

Local food purchases have increased by $189 million between 2010 and 2014 and now make up about 7 percent of total food purchases in the state, up from 5 percent. The Farm to Plate initiative calls for increasing that rate to 10 percent by 2020.

"We made good progress but we clearly have a ways to go," said Ellen Kahler, executive director of Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, which tracks the progress of the Farm to Plate goals. Next year, the initiative is launching a marketing campaign to get more Vermonters to understand the importance of buying local food, she said.

Of the local food purchased by Vermonters:

— 17 percent were beverages;

— 15 percent was dairy;

— 8 percent baked goods;

— 4 percent meat;

— 3 percent vegetables.


FOOD SALES

Food system gross sales — which includes food production, food manufacturing and food trade — are up 32 percent from 2007 to 2012. The sales now total $10 billion a year.

Net value added food manufacturing rose 58 percent from 2004 to 2013, while total value added manufacturing in the state fell 37 percent.

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FOOD JOBS

Jobs in food from retail and manufacturing to distribution and farm inputs rose 12 percent by 5,300 jobs from 2002 to 2014.

Total manufacturing employment dropped by 22 percent from 2002 to 2014 while food manufacturing rose by about 40 percent.

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BY COUNTY

Chittenden County has the most food system jobs at 14,860.

Addison County had the most farms with 814.

Franklin County was second in agricultural sales, behind Addison.

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