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Starting Date:   2005-09-23 End Date: 2005-09-25 Organization: The Land Institute Address: 2440 E. Water Well Road Salina, KS 67401 URL: www.landinstitute.org Phone: 785-823-5376 Category: Conference Region: Plains Description The Prairie Festival, 2005, will feature speakers such as Bill McKibben, David Kline, Wes Jackson, Strachan Donnelley, Sue Halpern, Craig Holdrege, and Carl McDaniel. The festival will also include the latest research briefings from the Land Institute, farm tours, local food, a barn dance, and more.

“BUY LOCAL” CHALLENGE SCOREBOARD

Check out our scoreboard below to see how your state is doing in the “Buy Local” Challenge. Scroll down to see how much money has been committed to local foods in your state. If you haven’t pledged yet, go back to the Challenge main page for more information or, if you’ve already committed money, tell a friend about the challenge. State # of People Pledging Dollars Committed California 212 $234,610 Washington 128 $101,455 Pennsylvania 186 $74,335 New York 117 $54,230 Texas 67 $47,150 Ohio 71 $34,610 Oregon 51 $31,620 Virginia 65 $30,870 Maryland 71 $30,710 Massachusetts 68 $30,675 Michigan 76…

Practical Farmers of Iowa Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign

Practical Farmers of Iowa, in cooperation with University of Northern Iowa?s Center for Energy & Environmental Education, is organizing a Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign. Buy Local Campaign Mission: Make it easier for residents of Black Hawk County and surrounding counties to find locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats & poultry, eggs, honey, and other agricultural products. Encourage residents of our region to support our local treasures: farmers markets, family farms & orchards, local meat lockers, & businesses that serve or sell locally grown products. Stimulate the economic vitality of the Northeast Iowa region through strengthening the viability of independent farmers…

Buy Local Materials

There are many great reasons to buy local food. FoodRoutes’ buy local chapter campaign materials, including our “Where Does Your Food Come From?” campaign series, explain the benefits of buying local for a public audience. Current resources include: Where Does Your Food Come From? Campaign Sheets Pasture-raised Livestock Fact Sheets Cost Tags for Commonly Purchased Consumer Products Where Does Your Food Come From? Campaign Sheets The series is posted in our Why Buy Local? section, but is also available to advocates for downloading, customizing, printing, and wide distribution in a number of formats. Citations for these facts sheets can be…

Hot Topics Your Food Dollar

Food Economics and Your Food Dollar While U.S. consumers spend less of their income on food than ever before, farmers are continuing to get less and less of the consumer food dollar and are going out of business at alarming rates. Meanwhile corporate agriculture profits are continuing to increase. Consider the following: Corporate agribusiness profits increased 98 percent during the 1990s; meanwhile, in 2002 farmers earned their lowest real net cash income since 1940. Modern industrial agriculture is making farming unprofitable for many. For more than 60 percent of farm households in 1998, farming actually lowered the household?s before tax-income.…

The Final Word The Issue

Portions of the first story are taken from Alan Guebert’s Farm and Food File newspaper column for the week of July 27, 2003. Cancun could clobber US farmers and ranchers On Friday, July 18, World Trade Organization director-general Supachai Panitchpakdi circulated to WTO members his draft proposal for the upcoming September trade ministerial in Cancun, Mexico. The draft, soon leaked, became an immediate sensation not because of what it contained, but because of what it didn’t contain. At an incredibly short four pages in length, the draft contained no hard numbers or specific direction for negotiators to follow in Cancun.…

The Final Word

Issue Date Description Issue 8 2002-07-26 The Power of the Printed Word; Giant ConAgra Meat Recall Could Have Been Avoided; The Misunderstood President Issue 7 2002-07-19 Packer Ban Hearing Brings Hoots, No Consensus; Packer Livestock Ownership by the Numbers; North Dakota GMO Wheat Hearing Questions Liability … Issue 6 2002-07-13 General Accounting Office: HACCP is a Screw-up; Note from Europe to America: No GMOs, No GMOs, No GMOs; A Carnivore Gets Clipped Issue 5 2002-07-05 Hot, Dry Agriculture by the Numbers; Cattle and Chicken in the Courtroom–Again; When in the Course of Human Events Issue 4 2002-06-28 Federal Judge Slaughters…

Buy Fresh, Buy Local Toolbox

About the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” Chapter Program Starting a Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter can be approached in various ways, depending on the degree of interest in your community. You can organize under a current local non-profit organization or start your own BFBL steering committee. Each of our current chapters has started in a number of ways. We are sure we can find the perfect model for you as we work together to establish your local chapter. The first step is to contact FoodRoutes and ask for a Local Chapter Application. We can help you get started and answer…

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How To Start A BFBL Chapter Starting a Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter ® can be approached in various ways, depending on the degree of interest in your community. You can organize under a current non-profit organization or start your own BFBL Steering Committee. Our current BFBL Chapter Network of over 60 Chapters across the country are coordinated by a diverse array of organizations, from all volunteer steering committees, Cooperative Extension, sustainable agriculture groups, and economic development councils to name a few. FoodRoutes Network can help you find the right model for your unique community group! The Objectives of a BFBL…

NEWS

Hot Headlines Farmers Markets Could Generate Tens of Thousands of New Jobs with Modest Federal Support, New Report Finds They’re Growing Nationally, but Federal Policies Favoring Industrial Agriculture Hold Them Back Union of Concerned Scientists – Aug 4, 2011 WASHINGTON – Over the last several decades, thousands of farmers markets have been popping up… (more…) Other News:  Food Economics    Farm Policy    Opinion   More than 1,000 New Farmers Markets Recorded Across Country as USDA Directory Reveals 17 Percent Growth USDA AMS – Aug 5, 2011 WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2011 – More than 1,000 new farmers markets have been…