Center for Rural Affairs Holds Rural Leadership Workshops in Minnesota

The first in a series of workshops to help to build the capacity of local leaders or aspiring local leaders to understand the connection to local, state, and federal policy will be held in Minnesota in May. Workshops will run all day, and lunch will be provided.

Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurial Training

The Western Rural Development Center at Utah State University is holding a one-day entrepreneurial sustainable agriculture training workshop on May 29, 2007, at their campus in Logan, Utah. Lots of information on alternatives for processing, packaging, labeling, and marketing in retail and Internet environments will be provided.


>> Executive Director Wanted: The Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society (NSAS), a nonprofit, membership-based organization with a mission to “promote agriculture and food systems that build healthy land, people, communities, and quality of life, for present and future generations,” is looking for an executive director.

Commencement Kudos

Center for Rural Affairs’ policy assistant and intern Rhea Landholm graduated from Wayne State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications on May 5, 2007. Rhea graduated from the honors program with high honors, and also wore an honors cord for Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communications Honor Fraternity. Way to go, Rhea!

Time to Apply for a Value Added Producer Grant Is Now

The United States Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for almost $20 million in Value Added Producer Grants to develop value-added agricultural business ventures and renewable energy sources. May 16th is the deadline to apply for a Value-Added Producer Grant. Farmers, ranchers or groups of producers with an idea that would add value to products raised on their farms or ranches are eligible.


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