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Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 09:52:21 -0400
From: NESAWG <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: NE community food systems <email@example.com>
The Northeast Training & Support Network
For Agricultural Development Announces.
The Northeast Agricultural
Land, People and Profits: Integrating Agriculture, Communities and Economic Development
November 9-10, 2000
Best Western Albany Airport Inn
Albany, New York
The Northeast Agricultural Development Symposium is the culmination of a two-year, USDA SARE -funded project to strengthen agricultural economic development initiatives and train agricultural development practitioners in the region. The Symposium will provide a forum for Project results and for region-wide networking and professional development. Speakers include, Nathan Rudgers, Commissioner, NY Department of Agriculture and Markets, Philip Gottwals, agricultural development consultant. In addition, 16 workshops will address topics such as:
· Integrating Agriculture and Economic Development
· Farm Viability Enhancement: Model State Programs
· Farmers Markets vs. Public Markets: Return on Public Investments
· Farmland Protection and Agricultural Development
· Financing Agricultural Enterprises
· The Role of Agriculture in Smart Growth
· Agricultural Development for Under-served Populations
Who should attend: Agricultural development professionals, community and economic development specialists, planners, extension staff, state departments of agriculture, USDA staff, non-governmental organizations, policy makers, food and farm organizations, and interested individuals from throughout the Northeast and beyond are invited to attend.
Registration Cost: $90, includes materials and four meals; scholarships available.
Call for Co-sponsors and Exhibitors: Co-sponsorship entails commitment to send one or more staff people to the Symposium and to assist with outreach. Exhibits (@ $25/table; ask about our sliding scale) will be on display throughout the event.
For more information on registration, co-sponsorship or exhibits, please contact Kathy Ruhf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-323-4531, or Roger Clapp at email@example.com
The Northeast Training and Support Network for Agricultural Development (NETSN) is coordinated by Kathy Ruhf, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and Tom Lyson, Farming Alternatives Program, Cornell University, and is funded by the USDA Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. The project is a collaborative effort of twenty-seven agricultural economic development specialists from land grant universities, State departments of agriculture, planning and economic development agencies, and the private sector to strengthen community and regional infrastructure for agricultural development.
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