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 December 10-21: OXFAM's Future of Agriculture Online Policy Discussion
For more info, see below.

Friday, January 4, 2013 - Deadline for application to participate in Lawrence Common Ground Program Garden Sites
For more info, see below.

Thursday - Saturday, January 10-12, 2013 - Great Plains Growers Conference and Trade Show
St. Joseph, MO
Details will be announced later.

Monday, January 14, 2013 - Grazing Management Telecall
Beginning at 7:30 PM Central Time
For more info, see below.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - Kansas Graziers Association (KGA) Winter Conference, Courtyard Mariott, 3020 Riffel Drive, Salina, Ks. (Schilling Road Exit on I-135). "Back to the Basics: Grazing Management" Agenda and registration information TBA. Contact Mary Howell at 785-562-8726 or

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Farmers Market Vending
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Flint HIlls Technical College, 3301 W. 18th, Emporia, Ks. Tuition: $5.00
Questions? E-mail or call 620-341-1392.

Tuesday-Wednesday, January 29-30, 2013 - No Till on the Plains Conference. Bicentennial Center, Salina , Ks., $175 registration/ $90 spouse. Online registrations to open soon. For more information, go to

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - Marketplace Conference for Small Businesses and Rural Communities
Nielsen Community Center, West Point, Nebraska
For more info, see below.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - MOSES Organic Farming Conference
LaCrosse, WI., Registration opens Dec. 3
For more info, see below.

Saturday, March 9 - Signage for Farmers Markets and Farm Stands
10 - 11 a.m., Flint Hills Technical College, 3301 W. 18th, Emporia, Ks.
Tuition: $5.00
Questions?. E-mail or call 620-341-1392.


Grazing Management Teleconference Conversations

Join other grazers from across the state of Kansas in a telephone conversation with Kansas State University’s Gary Kilgore and Keith Harmoney at 7:30 pm on the second Monday of the month. Hosted by the Kansas Rural Center, these informal discussions will cover all aspects of grazing management.

Who should participate?
Farmers, ranchers and educators. Anyone who is interested in grazing!

What’s the benefit to me?
This is an opportunity to learn how you can use complementary forages to extend your grazing season, gain management tips and explore ideas to improve profitability while you responsibly manage your natural resources.

How do I participate in the call?
Our conference call will be hosted by Copper Conferencing.

Anyone can join in the call by simply dialing in 1-877-304-5632. You will then be prompted to dial in a Conference Room Number. Please dial in 300 346 2424 and follow it with the # sign. This will be a toll free call. You are welcome to leave or join the call at anytime between 7:30 and 9 pm.

For more information please contact Dale Kirkham at 620-344-0202.
To receive an email reminder of the call, send a request to Mary Fund at

Support for this networking opportunity comes from a partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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KRC Legislative and Policy Watch Project;
Sign Up for Weekly E-ALERts

Starting January 2012, the Kansas Rural Center will sponsor year two of its Legislative and Policy Watch Project.  With this project, KRC will offer Weekly E-Alerts during the State of Kansas Legislative Session, and updates and alerts on the development of the 2012 federal farm bill throughout the year. Paul Johnson, Perry, Ks., farmer and former lobbyist for a consortium of church groups, will be staffing this effort. With state budget woes continuing and Governor Brownback and his cabinet team in their second year, KRC will monitor the state legislature for decisions affecting a diversified agriculture, the environment, our natural resource base, and consumers, as well as to promote a local and regional food system.

To sign up for this service, please download this form and return it to Kansas Rural Center.

The project is possible due to a bequest from Jan Garton, Manhattan, who died in 2009, and left KRC a generous gift. These project services include:

  • Weekly E-Alerts, January-May 2012. Registered as a lobbyist for KRC, Johnson will produce weekly E-Reports, and track and testify on bills and issues related to farm and food policy. He will also be monitoring state budget issues, including Kansas State University programs, Kansas Department of Agriculture activities, and programs impacting water conservation and quality, small meat processors promotion and regulation, farmers markets promotions, and state food policy goals.  Other issues may include rBGH milk labeling, defining sustainable agriculture in law, and existing property tax exemptions for commercial wind and 'tar sands' pipelines.

  • Teleconference Call Updates. In addition to the weekly E-Alerts during the session, Paul and KRC staff will hold on an as-needed basis teleconference calls to alert those who sign up for the weekly Updates on critical or time-sensitive issues.

  • Updates on Federal Farm Programs and the 2012 Farm Bill (Jan.-Dec.) The Weekly E-Alerts also include updates or notices on developments in the next federal farm bill during the session, and special alerts the rest of the year as needed.

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The Future of Agriculture: debate the experts

Join Oxfam's global online policy discussion December 10-21, 2012 at

This Oxfam online discussion will feature essays by leading thinkers from around the world. They will address four provocative questions:

  • - What if farmer's knowledge were the driver of innovations and investments?

  • - What if women owned the land they till and the food they produce?

  • - What if all food were produced without fossil fuels?

  • - What if all farmers could rely on effective systems to manage risk?

New essays will be posted daily, and every day will feature YOU, responding to the experts' ideas and sharing your own. The discussion will take place simultaneously in English, Spanish and French. All essays and comments will inform an Oxfam discussion paper to be published in 2013.

Blog participants include:

- John Ambler: Vice President, Strategy, Oxfam America
- Julio Berdegue: Principal Researcher, Latin American Center for Rural Development (RIMISP)
- Prem Bindraban: Director of ISRIC (World Soil Information)
- Sonali Bisht: Sustainable development consultant
- Nicko Debenham: Director Development and Sustainability Armajaro Trading Limited
- Shenggen Fan: Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
- Susan Godwin, Nigerian farmer
- José Graziano da Silva: Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
- Alexis Nicolás Ibáñez Blancas, Researcher, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Perú
- Rokeya Kabir: Founder, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha, a Bangladeshi women's organization
- Anna Lappé: Founding principal, Small Planet Institute
- Pat Mooney: Co-founder and executive director, ETC Group
- Sophia Murphy: Senior Advisor, Institute for Agriculture and rade Policy
- Bill McKibben: Founder,
- Madiodio Niasse: Secretariat Director, International Land Coalition (ILC)
- Kayano F. Nwanze: President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
- Michael O'Gorman: Founder, Farmer-Veteran Coalition
- Harold Poelma: Managing Director, Cargill Refined Oils Europe
- Kavita Prakash-Mani: Head of Food Security Agenda, Syngenta International
- Sarojeni Rengam: Executive Director, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific
- Tarcila Rivera Zea, Executive Director of Chirapaq, Perú
- Roger Thurow: Author of The Last Hunger Season and ENOUGH
- Florence Wambugu: CEO and Founder, Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International

Please spread the word and join the discussion at 

For more information: Contact Jim French at

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City of Lawrence announces Deadline for 2013 Garden Sites

The Common Ground program of the City of Lawrence, Kansas, recently released the sites for the 2013 growing season and applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. Friday January 4, 2013.

Eight sites are available for community members to use for food production during the 2013 growing season.  Growers and gardeners can apply for a free, three year license to use these sites – which range in size from 0.2 - 4.5 acres. In exchange, program participants will propose a “Community Benefit Plan.”  Examples of community benefits include donation of produce to local food pantries, participation in educational outreach programs, etc.
The Request for Applications can be accessed here:  

For more information contact: Eileen Horn, sustainability coordinator, or (785) 330-3121

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Marketplace CONFERENCE set for February 12, 2013 in West Point Nebraska

MarketPlace Conference will be held February 12, 2013 at the Nielsen Community Center, West Point, Nebraska (Google Map Link) for small businesses and rural communities and entrepreneurs. The conference features strong, hands-on learning opportunities for potential and existing business owners including on and off farm/ranch, store front or home based, women and Hispanic owned businesses; community leaders; and youth interested in entrepreneurship. Connie Reimers-Hild, PhD, is this year's keynote. She will talk about "Creative Confidence: Leading Yourself and Your Business."

For more information, contact MarketPlace event planner Shawnna Silvius, at 402.873.4027 or, or visit the Center for Rural Affairs website.

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24th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference Set for Feb. 21-23, 2013

The MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) Organic Farming Conference is the largest conference in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming. The MOSES Conference offers more than 70 workshops taught by experts in their fields, inspiring keynote speakers, and a trade show with more than 170 exhibitors open exclusively to conference attendees. Every February, this event draws more than 3,000 farmers, advocates, educators, students, and more to the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wis. This farmer-focused conference is celebrated as the foremost educational and networking event in the organic farming community. For more on the agenda and registration, go to

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