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New Theme Issue of Choices: Community Economics of Local Foods

New Theme Issue of Choices with three papers on the community economics of local foods. The links to the individual papers are: Theme Overview: Community Economics of Local Foods Steven Deller and Maureen Stickel http://www.choicesmagazine.org/choices-magazine/theme-articles/community-economics-of-local-foods/theme-overview-community-economics-of-local-foods What Do We Mean by “Local Foods”? Dawn Thilmany McFadden http://www.choicesmagazine.org/choices-magazine/theme-articles/community-economics-of-local-foods/what-do-we-mean-by-local-foods  What We Know and Don’t Know About the Economic […]

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Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program Grant Workshops

The Regional Rural Development Centers in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) have developed workshop materials and resources focused on improving the funding success rate of applicants to USDA AMS grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). UW-Extension’s Community Food Systems team is participating […]

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Register for the Local Food Business Seminar: Know Your Buyer

Register now for the Know Your Buyer seminar, February 9-12 in Waukesha, Stevens Point and Madison. The seminar is part of the ongoing Local Food Business Seminar Series, hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection along with many partners, including Extension. The seminar will feature region-specific panel of people working in […]

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Register for the Wisconsin Local Food Summit and the UWEX CFS Team Tour

At the 2014 Wisconsin Local Food Summit in Milwaukee, the UW-Extension Community Food Systems (CFS) Team organized a bus tour to visit some of the great local community-orientated food projects and businesses in the area. The tour was so successful and well received that the UW-Extension CFS Team decided to partner with the Wisconsin Local […]

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Local Food Business Seminar Series: Food Safety, Dec 1-4

The Local Food Business Seminar series continues with Food Safety seminars scheduled around Wisconsin from Dec. 1 to 4. Don’t be daunted by state and federal food safety regulations. Join meat and food safety experts at one of these seminars hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and a number […]

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Grant Programs and Financial Options for Farmers & Food Entrepreneurs

Are you looking for ways to develop your innovative agricultural business? Join us for a workshop designed to help you identify which grants or other financial options might be right for you. This workshop will discuss ways to plan your project and strengthen your application.  Specific grant programs to be covered include:   USDA’s Value Added […]

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Engaging Young People & Community Food Systems Teams In-service Registration Open for Extension Colleagues

The UW-Extension Engaging Young People in Sustaining Communities, Families and Farms and Community Food Systems interdisciplinary teams will hold their third annual in-service on September 16-17th near Stevens Point at the beautiful Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES). This two-day in-service will begin with registration at 12pm, September 16th and will end at 4:00pm on September 17th. We invite Extension staff […]

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Registration is OPEN for the National eXtension Food Security Conference

2014 National eXtension Food Security Conference REGISTRATION IS OPEN September 29 – October 1, 2014 Cleveland, Ohio The eXtension Community of Practice (eCoP) on Community, Local & Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) is hosting a Food Security Conference September 29 – October 1, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio, entitled Building Extension Capacity to Address Community Food Security through Food […]

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Food Systems Education Project

Calling all food systems stakeholders! UW-Extension’s Community Food Systems Team, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education at UWSP, is developing a Wisconsin food systems education framework that is meant to support preK-12 and beyond food systems education efforts throughout the state.  Information from a preliminary input survey will be used in the development process […]

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