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Responses to COVID 19 #1

On-line sales platforms

There is a flurry of activity to support small farmers and their farmers markets and restaurant partners as we all grapple with changing supply chains. The good news is that with restaurants closed, people are purchasing more food from groceries. (More than 50% of the food we consume has come from restaurants!) Our independent grocery partners are now on the front line of resilience in the food system.

I will post info to this web site as it becomes available to me. For example, this webinar will discuss on-line sales platforms and will be recorded so you can participate live or listen later. [I realize not everyone has internet access – people are working on options. Time to make the internet a utility!]:

With restaurants and some farmers markets shutting down, we know many of you need to find alternative sales channels for your products. Customers are also looking for new solutions to buy quality, organic food safely.

Join Oregon Tilth’s free webinar on Friday, March 20 at 11:00am PST to learn more about direct-to-consumer online sales platforms.

Please forward this to any farmers that may benefit from attending.

We’ll hear from representatives from four online sales platforms:

 * Barn2Door
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 * Harvie
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 * Local Food Marketplace
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 * Open Food Network
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When you register, we’ll send you a round-up of online sales platforms, questions to consider, and other resources to help your farm adapt during this crisis.

The webinar will be recorded and available on our website.

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Attention Great Lakes Area Farmers!

Emergency relief funds are available for farms in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Shared from Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

Family farmers in the Great Lakes region impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now access much-needed relief. 

Farm Aid, in partnership with Great Lakes area organizations, is awarding $500 emergency relief grants to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming for their income and are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic are encouraged to complete an application. 

Applications are reviewed as they are received and because there is a finite amount of funding available, farmers in need are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed by a state committee that includes advocates and other agricultural professionals. 

Approval is based on the applicant qualifying as a family farm and demonstrating economic loss. The online application opens June 6 at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FarmAidCOVIDGreatLakes

New NAS Publication Innovations in the Food System: Exploring the Future of Food – Proceedings of a Workshop

On August 7–8, 2019, the National Academies of Sciences Food Forum hosted a public workshop in Washington, DC, to review the status of current and emerging knowledge about innovations for modern food systems and strategies for meeting future needs. The workshop explored new consumer demands related to high-quality, nutritious, and sustainable foods, along with policy and market place strategies in response to such demands. It included an opening session that provided a broad look at food systems, case studies in food system evolution, several sessions on various innovations in areas such as food packaging, distribution, and data and analytics, and a closing panel discussion.

I contributed a chapter on food logistics, based on work with many of you in the Driftless Region. This is your impact on a very important discussion about access to food and access to markets.

The full report or chapters may be downloaded free of charge at https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/innovations-in-the-food-system-shaping-the-future-of-food—a-workshop

Webinar: Using Maps for Food System Access and Planning

Wednesday, April 29 at 4:00pm ET, 1:00pm PT.

With COVID-19 disruptions in supply chains, mapping and analyzing food availability and flows can be powerful tools in guiding emergency food response and future food system planning. On this call, we’ll first look at the way communities have used mapping to collect and share information on food access. The second part of the discussion will give a systems overview of how segments of food supply chains interact at different scales, for different products, and for different end-users. This includes the patterns food distribution followed before COVID-19 and what the patterns might be after the pandemic. The call will help us best use food access maps while planning for food system improvements. 

We will be joined by:

·         Sara Oberle, RDN, Extension Teacher, UNH Cooperative Extension

·         Brooke Kelleher, Program Assistant, UNH Cooperative Extension

·         Michelle Miller, Associate Director of Programs, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

This call is Wednesday, April 29 at 4:00pm ET, 1:00pm PT. Register here!

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlcuCqrTgsHdUUZembHiuEAl5MZG5sTquv%20

Design for food systems resilience: Farmers Wanted

Ankita Raturi at Purdue has a project in need of farmer participation. She writes: Hello – We hope you are safe and well. We are looking for ways in which we can support coordination and collaboration among food producers and consumers within our communities. We (Ankita Raturi, Purdue University, and collaborators) are starting a project we call Informatics for Community Food Resilience. We want to help farmers pivot in times of market disruption (such as the current pandemic). We want to facilitate alternate market channels to connect consumers with producers. We really want farmer input. If you’re interested, please sign up athttps://forms.gle/5WGRbyGGweHutkbB9

Hemme webinar details

UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, with co-sponsorship from UW CALS Global, is pleased to feature Torsten Hemme from the International Farm Comparison Network for an important webinar on dairy policies and mechanisms to manage supply and demand.

Tune in:  Wednesday, April 15th at 12pm (central time)

Follow this link to register for the Zoom webinar.

This webinar is being hosted by the Wisconsin Farmers Union as part of their regular monthly national Dairy Together Education call.

As we know U.S. dairy farmers, especially those right here in Wisconsin, have been hit hard by several years of low-prices and now the supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 shutdown have only made these issues work. There are new calls for policies and mechanisms to try to better balance supply and demand.

In the webinar Dr. Hemme will share some of his work looking at dairy policies that work to balance supply with demand, both those geared towards emergency response and those that address longer-term issues and structures. The webinar will allow for questions from participants.

The International Farm Comparison Network engages researchers from more than 100 countries and 140 agribusiness companies to better understand the global market. It has published an annual report since 2000 covering milk production trends, dairy farm structure dynamics, regional developments and typical farms data, and policy comparison.

This webinar will allow us to broaden our understanding of dairy growth management from a global perspective. Please join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 12 PM Central for this presentation and discussion.

Contact Sarah Lloyd, UW-CIAS for questions, lloyd1@wisc.edu

#DairyTogether, globally

Wisconsin Farmers Union has been organizing monthly conference calls to discuss oversupply in the dairy industry. Next week’s Dairy Together Call will be a special webinar brought to you by the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS). 

CIAS is glad to virtually bring Torsten Hemme from the International Farm Comparison Network in to the Dairy Together conversation. The webinar will allow Dr. Hemme to share some of his work looking at different supply management policies in countries facing oversupply and allow for questions from participants.

The International Farm Comparison Network engages researchers from more than 100 countries and 140 agribusiness companies to better understand the global market. It has published an annual report since 2000 covering milk production trends, dairy farm structure dynamics, regional developments and typical farms data, and policy comparison.

This webinar will allow us to broaden our understanding of dairy supply management from a global perspective. Please join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 12 PM Central for this presentation and discussion. Join the #DairyTogether email list at https://www.dairytogether.com/ to learn more. Look out for an email next week with a link to join us on Zoom. 

Drop apples

Did you know that if you intend to make hard, fermented cider from apples, you may use drops? As a grower, you will need to provide buyers with written notification that you are selling them drops. As a buyer, you need to give the grower written notification that you intend to process and ferment the fruit. Check out this drop picker, used in Serbia. You can make it yourself, and it is sized for small orchards. A labor saver, but process the apples ASAP! Please hit the link directly so they see your interest: https://serbiaorganica.info/en/apple-picker/

Responses to COVID 19 #2

March 20: Roundtable Discussion: Food Policy Councils and COVID-19

FPC leaders will explore the processes, challenges, and lessons learned from addressing food system resilience concerns in their cities.

This webinar is hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. As day-to-day operations grind to a halt with the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic threatens to highlight and exacerbate existing inequities in society. Join the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s Food Policy Networks project for a discussion this Friday, March 20 about how food policy councils can play a key role in connecting efforts among local governments, non-profits, food banks, farmers, schools, and grocery stores to reduce barriers to food access and security; support local food producers, workers, and businesses; and advocate for policies that protect our communities during these uncertain times. Local food policy council leaders will explore the processes, challenges, and lessons learned from addressing food system resilience concerns in their cities. We also encourage attendees to share what is happening in their communities to address the pandemic.

Speakers: • Michaela Freiburger, Dubuque County Food Policy Council (Iowa) • Dawn Plummer, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council • Nessa Richman, Rhode Island Food Policy Council • Dana Wood, Safe and Abundant Nutrition Alliance (Colorado) This discussion will be recorded and posted to YouTube afterward.

Even if you are unable to participate in the live event, you may receive the link to the video by registering. Registration link: https://jh.zoom.us/meeting/register/v5wvf-GtrDguS6Ngri3N5DlNmqAvXAiw2A Please contact rsanto1@jhu.edu if you have any questions.

Updates on food transportation

Just a news flash that a lot has happened with the Madison Food Terminal. There is more detail posted on the Regional Food Freight Tab (top of your screen). Interested in other transportation issues? I posted a short summary of the 99th Annual Transportation Research Conference on the page, too.