Monday, February 2, 2009

2009 Healthy Farms and Rural Advantage Conference

Rural Advantage/Healthy Farms Conference by Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society.

When: February 13th and 14th
Where: Mid-Town Holiday Inn, Grand Island
More information:

"This year’s Healthy Farm and Rural Advantage conference has much to offer farmers looking to diversify their operations, acreage owners wanting to produce extra income and teens looking for money-making projects that they can do on their farm."

Feast or Famine: A Fork in the Road and the Crucial Farmer - Consumer Connection

Keynote speaker, Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D.
Melinda Hemmelgarn, Food Sleuth: Using Media Literacy to Find Food Truth Media "diets" feed us illusions of "green" and "good" food choices. Media literacy provides us with a set of critical thinking tools to navigate media messages, identify empty promises and become better informed "food citizens." Workshop attendees will:
* Explore trends in food and agriculture media and marketing.
* Learn how to question, deconstruct, analyze, and create media messages to counter-balance media bias.
* Know how to find and disseminate "food truth."

Look forward to several workshops devoted to Holistic Management™ on Saturday. Topics will include an introduction to Holistic Management™, monitoring the ecosystems, planning for profit, and grazing principles. If you want to make changes in your farming operation, improve your family’s quality of life and income, and meet the new demands of farming sustainably - Holistic Management™ is for you.

Youth programming, scholarships and child care is available
Other program sessions include; Wildlife Damage Control for High Value Products, Mechanical Weed Control and Field Preparation, Beekeeping, Grazing Principles, and many more!! Youth Programming is available as is Childcare and scholarships. A Nebraska Beer, Wine and Cheese Reception precedes the annual All-Nebraska Dinner and Auction.

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We look forward to seeing everyone in Grand Island!!

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