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MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success 2008

The 2008 Marketplace: Opening Doors to Success will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at the New World Inn in Columbus, Nebraska. Save the date!

Last year’s event was an incredible success with over 500 people attending from Nebraska and other states. Over half of attendees represented small businesses, and people came from across Nebraska – 74 counties in all. We’ve already heard from small business owners and service providers who are eagerly anticipating the second MarketPlace.

This year’s event promises to be even better with addition of youth representatives on the Advisory Committee and a youth entrepreneur training track. Part of the youth track will include teach-ins focused on agriculture. An expanded Hispanic business track is in the works as well.

feature: Essence of Organic Farming

The term “organic” means many things to many people. Unfortunately, a lot of disinformation and misinformation is causing confusion for consumers and growers alike. Many believe organic farming is all about what cannot be used to produce a crop. In reality, organic farming is all about how the product was raised and processed.

Nebraska Grassland Conference

The seventh annual Nebraska Grazing Conference will be held at the Kearney Holiday Inn on August 7 and 8. This year’s sessions include prominent specialists Jim Gerrish, Harlan Hughes, Darrel Mark and Derek Bailey.

Their sessions will include grassland monitoring, stocking based on weather and cattle cycles, leases, ethanol impacts, and livestock/wildlife management. Other sessions include goats, technology, fire, and panels of senior and younger graziers.

Ecological Farming Association Hiring Executive Director

The Ecological Farming Association (EFA) is seeking an experienced and dedicated executive director to lead the organization in its next phase of growth and development. EFA is a 27 year-old nonprofit corporation based in Watsonville, California, dedicated to educating and informing farmers, policymakers and the public about economically viable practices of ecological agriculture.

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