UNL CropWatch Sept. 3, 2010: USDA SARE Offers Listening Sessions on Sustainable Agriculture

UNL CropWatch Sept. 3, 2010: USDA SARE Offers Listening Sessions on Sustainable Agriculture

Sept. 3, 2010

The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program will offer listening sessions in late September to collect input on issues related to food production, processing, distribution and safety, among others.

To Attend

Lincoln — Thursday, Sept. 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Lancaster County Extension Office, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A.
To register: Contact Gary Bergman, (402) 441-7180 or www.lancaster.unl.edu

Council Bluffs — Friday, Sept. 24, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Iowa Western Community College, Aviation and Entrepreneurial Center, Room 217, 21915 Cessna Ave.
To register: Contact Bahia Barry, (712) 482-3029 or Bahia.Barry@rcdnet.net

Omaha — Friday, Sept. 24, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College, Institute for Culinary Arts, Swanson Conference Center Room 201A, 5730 N. 30th St.
To register: Contact Jennifer Valandra, (402) 457-2555 or jvalandra@mccneb.edu

A central registration site for any of the sessions or for a Sept. 24 reception in Omaha is available at http://www.mccneb.edu/sareusda/
 

Through a research and education competitive grants program, NCR-SARE advances farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound, and good for communities. The program, part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.

North Central Region SARE will be conducting listening sessions in Lincoln, Omaha, and Council Bluffs, in late September. The public is invited, especially anti-hunger and food justice advocates, educators, non-profit organizations, concerned citizens, government officials, farmers, ranchers, grocers, chefs, workers, food processors and distributors.

Discussion topics could include new production, processing, distribution, food safety and security, and health information. This is an opportunity to communicate challenges and successes, help assess how NCR-SARE grants and programs are reaching and benefiting recipients, and suggest how NCR-SARE can support future programs to meet urban ural community needs.

These discussions will help guide future USDA and NCR-SARE policies, outreach, research, and programs.

The listening sessions are presented with the cooperation of the Nebraska Great Plains Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) and Iowa Golden Hills RC&D in partnership with UNL Extension, Metropolitan Community College, and Iowa Western Community College.