Tuesday webinar: Federal Appropriations and the Farm Bill

Please join the Community and Regional Food Systems Project for an Upcoming Webinar:
“Federal Appropriations and the Farm Bill Update”

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Central standard time

Margaret Krome, Policy Analyst for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Webinars are free, but you must pre-register here to reserve your spot.

Webinar Description: This webinar will be led by two experts in the field of public policy: Margaret Krome, Public Policy Program Director at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). Ferd and Margaret will discuss the differences and relationships between the Farm Bill process and the annual appropriations process. They will provide information on the congressional decision-making process for determining annual appropriations.

A key tenant of policy development is that citizens and activists can take action to promote funding appropriations that will help build community and regional food systems. Margaret and Ferd will suggest ways to provide comment on federal appropriations and the farm bill.

Future webinars offered by the Community and Regional Food Systems “Third Tuesday Webinar Series” include:

Urban Agricultural Production: What makes plants thrive?
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
12:00 noon, CST
Presenter: Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Organic Agriculture Specialist
This webinar is geared toward urban farmers and anyone else who is growing food in an urban environment. Erin Silva will present the foundational science about plant growth. She will provide details about requirements for growing healthy plants in an urban environment. The information from this webinar will help you get your plants off to a productive season.

Project Evaluation to Measure Outcomes Success
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
12:00 noon, CST
Presenter: Samuel Pratsch, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Program Planning and Evaluation
All community based food system projects start off with goals and anticipated outcomes for the work. After the work is done, do we know whether those outcome objectives have been realized? Speakers will address the importance of setting up an evaluation protocol prior to doing the work of the project, and monitoring efforts to assure success. In order to build healthy, equitable, sustainable food systems, we need to know whether the interventions are leading to desired outcomes. This webinar will provide evaluation concepts and tools for measuring outcomes.