Thursday, October 28, 2010

You Can Help Make USDA Conservation Programs Work for Organic Farmers

HildeAttend a Free Farmer Workshop - Nov. 15 in Davis, CA

Long-time Farm Aid partner and grantee, the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), is hosting a day-long workshop for organic and transitioning farmers and ranchers on how to shape the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services programs so that they work better with organic agriculture systems.

This workshop will educate organic and transitioning producers about how USDA conservation programs work and what they can do to make these programs work better for them.

When: Monday, November 15, 8:30am - 5:00 pm
Where: UC Davis, Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources Bldg, Hopkins Road at Hutchison Drive, Davis, CA
RSVP: Tracy Lerman, OFRF Policy Organizer, tracy@ofrf.org or by phone at (831) 426-6606 x 108.
Limited space is available, so please RSVP by November 5.
More Info: Download the event flyer PDF.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and travel and lodging stipends are available upon request.

The workshop is cosponsored by UC Davis Agriculture Sustainability Institute, Center for Rural Affairs, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, California Certified Organic Farmers and Farm Aid; and made possible through a grant from the Organic Valley Farmers Advocating for Organic Committee.

If you are local to California or know people who might be interested, please spread the word about this important opportunity. If you can’t make the workshop but would like to learn more about how to get involved with conservation policy in your area, check out our online guide to state technical committees and local working groups (10MB PDF).

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