KANSAS (Local Food) PRODUCERS INFORMATION NIGHT 2/25/2010


KANSAS (Local Food) PRODUCER
INFORMATION NIGHT:

Increasing your production rates

Thursday February 25th
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Bass Pro Shops

Dear Kansas Producer:

Are you aware of all the programs available that can provide technical and financial assistance to help you in your farm/ranch production?

You are invited to attend an informational fair to learn about the voluntary programs which are available to assist Small Scale, Organic, Beginning, along with traditional Kansas Farmers and Ranchers through financial and technical assistance from:

  • Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • County Conservation Districts (Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami & Wyandotte)
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP)
  • Kansas State University Research and Extension

Each of the above agencies will be providing those who attend the opportunity to discover and ask questions concerning:

  • Programs offered
  • Steps to sign up
  • Requirements for participation in the programs

Agency representatives will be available throughout the evening to answer individual questions or make arrangements for meeting with you.

Attendees will be provided with informational packets, containing copies of agency materials, to take home and get started on increasing their productivity.

Join us for an evening of refreshments and refreshing ideas about how you can increase your production through natural resource management.

If you would like to make a reservation for the evening or have any questions please contact Cheri Miller, Conservation District Manager,
913-334-6329
WY CO Conservation District

Working on the Farm Bill Earlier Than Usual - 2010








EXCERPT:

Todd Kurtz reported earlier this week at WDAY Online (Fargo, ND) that, “Congressman Collin Peterson told a crowd of more than 40 farmers that he’ll start working on the next farm bill earlier than usual.”

Peterson says there is two main reasons to start early. First because he wants another bi-partisan bill and says its long task to get everyone on the same page. Second he thinks the mother of all reconciliations is inevitable, putting the farm bill on the table for cuts.” (Note that this link includes a video replay highlighting Chairman Peterson’s comments).

Meanwhile, Tom Cherveny reported in today’s West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.) that, “[Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack] spoke Tuesday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall at the third annual Home Grown Economy conference hosted by U.S. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.

“The local foods movement has the attention and the support of the federal government today, according to Peterson, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

“It’s simple, according to Peterson: There is a market for local foods, and agriculture stands to gain jobs and income by serving it.

“At the same time, he emphasized that there ‘is room for everybody in agriculture.’ The expansion of a local foods economy can occur alongside of — and not at the expense of — commodity-based agriculture.”

Anthony Kiekow reported earlier this week at KSAX Online (Minn.) that, “U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attended a ‘Homegrown Economy’ event at Southwest Minnesota Sate University in Marshall Monday.

At the event the powerful political pair conversed with local farmers about selling locally grown food to Minnesotans.

“‘Whenever something is grown in the same area it’s bought it’s always fresher. That’s just common sense,’ Peterson said.” (Note that this link includes a video replay highlighting Chairman Peterson and Sec. Vilsack in Marshall).

And Deb Gau reported yesterday at The Marshall Independent Online (Minn.) that, “They may need some initial help to develop a connection with consumers, but small farms can make a difference in the rural economy, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Monday.

“‘The reality is we need all kinds of farms in this country,’ Vilsack said, from small organic farms to large commercial farms.

“The main challenge will be helping small farmers open connections for local customers, Vilsack and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said. Vilsack and Peterson arrived in Marshall Monday for the Home Grown Economy conference held at Southwest Minnesota State University.”




FULL ARTICLE:

http://www.farmpolicy.com/?p=1921






Commitment to LOCAL ORGANIC - true-life story, from Trenton, Missouri - Providence Farms



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Here on the farm, we have to keep those precious little seedlings warm all the time. Even at night! That job falls on my husband, Gerry. The 4 boys are quite busy every day trying to keep up with the demand of wood. It seems those 300 gallon barrel stoves have an incredible appetite at night. Especially when it is below zero. These are the times that my girls and I are quite happy to be females! In our family, outside chores in the winter fall on the men to accomplish. The women folk stay inside where it is warm and make sure the men have hot meals to come in the house to eat.

We have taken some pictures so you can see our largest tunnel 28x200 without the plastic on and some of the other greenhouses that are being heated right now. We have alot of greens growing in them along with radishes, swiss chard and onions. Peppers, tomatoes, lots of herbs, leeks and salad mixes.

Gerry took some pictures of the cows so everyone can see the cows from which they get their milk and dairy products from. Daisy is the brown Jersey and Anna Belle is out in the pasture too. Little Maggie is one of our Holstien-Jersey heiffers that loves the attention of the little girls who still bottle feed her twice a day. There's never a dull moment at our farm. The men are busy trying to assemble a new 32x95 greenhouse in the MUD! The weather just doesn't want to cooperate with our schedule these days!

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