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Webinar on COVID19 and regional food systems

WHAT: The first webinar of the Lessons from COVID-19: Positioning Regional Food Supply Chains for Future Pandemics, Natural Disasters and Human-made Crises project that will include a brief introduction of team members, a holistic project overview, survey tools used and example questions from the first survey, preliminary data from an environmental scan of available resources and insights from prior assessments of the impacts of COVID-19 on the Florida food system. 

WHERE: Register, for free, at https://tinyurl.com/lessonsfromcovid-webinar

WHEN: January 28 1 p.m. CST (11 a.m. PST, 12 p.m. MST, 2 p.m. EST)

FOR WHO: Those engaged in the food supply chain at any level

MORE INFO: www.ruralengagement.org/lessons-from-covid-19

UW-CIAS is partnering with researchers at University of Minnesota, University of Florida, UC-Irvine and Kansas State to document lessons from COVID-19 so that we may better position regional food production to respond to future crises. To share what we are learning in real time, we are offering four free webinars over the course of the next year. Please join us for the first webinar, January 28.

This is a great way to learn more about the supply chain survey we’ve developed, too.

This work is supported by USDA-National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

Organic Strawberry Production

UW-Madison fruit horticulturist Amaya Atucha is working with colleagues at the University of Minnesota to determine interest in adopting/integrating day-neutral strawberries into pre-existing production systems.

This brief survey is intended for specialty crop producers in the upper Midwest using organic practices (certified or not). This survey will take less than 5 min to complete and you can choose to end the survey at any time.

Link to the survey:

https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9SOoAZIYBetBPsV

Foodways and COVID19

How has the pandemic changed food for you? How have you adapted your foodways to meet these new conditions?

 CIAS and Spatula&Barcode invite you to participate in the #COVIDFOODWAYS project.

Complete one or both surveys.

Consumers, please visit https://tinyurl.com/CovidFoodwaysSurvey.

Farmers, share your unique perspective at https://tinyurl.com/CovidFoodwaysProducersSurvey.

Hay versiones en español de ambas encuestas disponibles; contáctenos si las prefiere.

CIAS at #uwmadison is partnering with Spatula&Barcode, along with Universities in Uruguay, Sweden, Mexico, and Spain to track the effect of COVID19 on our food ways. We are especially interested in hearing from farmers, and ask you to share these links with farmer friends and colleagues.

We are all affected by the pandemic and its impact on our food systems–please forward this email to anyone who might be interested!

photo credit: Clark & Peterson

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

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. 

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.

2020 Midwest Organic Pork Conference

March 13 -14, 2020
Hotel Julien
Dubuque, Iowa

https://www.midwestorganicporkconference.org

The only conference in the United States dedicated to presenting the best resources and information available to help expand opportunities for organic and niche pork production and distribution. 

The event includes a session on hazelnut-finished pork.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN– use the link above for more information, to register or exhibit.

Reserve your hotel room now!  
Call the Hotel Julien at 800.798.7098 or 563.556.4200