Local Foods / Agriculture Cluster

Meeting Schedule

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  •  Local Foods Cluster - Next meeting to be determined - Tentatively in January
  • Dairy -  TBD


Job Opening - Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center Executive Director - Now accepting Applications.
Job Description: http://tiny.cc/waec_job_description  Application On Line Link:  http://tiny.cc/waec_job_application

Co-Chairs:
Local Foods:   Mary Pat Carlson-Farm Market Kitchen
Dairy:  Amber Hewitt - Lakeshore Dairy Services & Andy Barta-Rio Creek Feed Mill, Inc.;
Organic Certification

MADISON – Organic food processors and producers may begin applying for reimbursement of costs related to organic certification through the USDA National Organic Program. Farms and businesses that produce, process or package certified organic agricultural products are eligible to be reimbursed for 75 percent of certification-related costs – up to $750 per category of certification – for expenses paid from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014. The farms or businesses must have received an initial organic certification or a renewal of certification during that time, and they must be located in Wisconsin.

     The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has mailed the application forms to certified Wisconsin producers and processors, who can expect to receive them in the mail by Aug. 1. Forms also will be available on DATCP’s website and from DATCP staff. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15.

Send complete application forms to DATCP’s Juli Speck, DATCP-DAD, P.O. Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911 or to [email protected]. Included with the completed application must be:
●  A copy of your organic certification.

●  Copies of receipts and itemized invoices.

●  A completed and signed W-9 form.

If you have questions, email Speck or call her at 608-224-5134.

Applications materials and instructions can be found in the packet mailed from DATCP or online at
 datcp.wi.gov/farms/organic_farming.

The funding for this popular program originated in the 2002 Federal Farm Bill. The cost-share program was not available for the 2013 growing season, and participants cannot be reimbursed for money spent prior to Oct. 1, 2013. The funding comes from the federal government through the USDA National Organic Program. DATCP administers the funding.


Other Agriculture Upcoming Events
 
Second Annual Native Food Sovereignty Summit that will be held at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, April 14-17, 2014.  Last year's conference was fully booked and got rave reviews, so register now to ensure you have a seat at this one. Once again, it is proudly co-sponsored by the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, First Nations Development Institute, the Intertribal Agriculture Council and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.Online registration, agenda and other information can be found at this link: http://www.firstnations.org/conferences/2014/food/summit.html
 
4th Annual Community Initiatives in Sustainable Agriculture Conference will be held at Lawrence University on April 11-12
Register @ http://www.cisaconference.org/-- Only $30!  The conference focuses on building confidence in sustainable agriculture as a viable and worthwhile pursuit and inspiring those of us who are involved in local food on any level.
*TED-style Keynotes from Ken Meter, KJ Jakobson & Will Meadows
*Break-out sessions to discuss pertinent topics to YOU and other conference participants
*Hands-On Workshops - Bee-Keeping, Hoop House Management, Seed Saving, Business Planning, Composting, Grant Writing, Applying for Loan Programs
*Panels on Starting a Food Business, CSA Operations, Livestock Operations, & Community Food Projects
* A night of funk with the Mid-West's premier funk band, The Mustache
Registration includes meals and free lodging (if needed)!

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