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E-M:/ Local Connections conference Mar. 27-28



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Enviro-Mich message from "Cynthia  Price" <skyprice@iserv.net>
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Please join us for
LOCAL CONNECTIONS
A conference to examine the food system from farm to table
and to promote solutions in natural resources and community development

Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5700 28th St S.E., Grand Rapids
COST: $85.00 for both days -- Thursday only $55.00; Friday only $40.00

KICK-OFF OF THE SELECT A TASTE OF MICHIGAN LOCAL AND ORGANIC FOODS CAMPAIGN!
GOVERNOR JENNIFER GRANHOLM CONFIRMED SPEAKER AT FRIDAY BREAKFAST!
ALL MEALS FEATURE LOCAL AND ORGANIC FOOD!!

March 21st registration deadline -- Please register by e-mailing me or
calling 231-755-3478.

Below is a conference schedule which lists the titles of the breakout
sessions. If you would like more detail or for any other information, please
contact me.

Cynthia Price



THURSDAY, MARCH 28
Noon        Registration check-in and buffet lunch

12:30      Special Bonus Session! Dorie McCubbree, author of "How Much Does
Your Soul Weigh?"

1:30        Brief Farm Bill/Conservation Measures Update

2:00        Concurrent Sessions
               SESSION 1. Trails and Green Infrastructure in West Michigan
               SESSION 2. Doing Business Sustainably
               SESSION 3. Buy Local? Panel Discussion/National Presentation
               SESSION 4. Farmers' Market General Panel Discussion

3:00        Break

3:15        Concurrent Sessions
               SESSION 5. Making the Connections for Wildlife (Wild Link)
               SESSION 6. Purchase of Development Rights -- Kent Co. &
Statewide
               SESSION 7. Moving Michigan's Agriculture Beyond Commodities
               SESSION 8. Farmers' Markets and Public Food Assistance
Programs

4:15         Break, Annual Meetings

6:00        Reception featuring a delicious variety of Michigan food
products and cash bar with
               Michigan wines

6:30        Banquet featuring Dr. Mike Hamm, Mott Endowed Chair for
Sustainable Agriculture, MSU

FRIDAY, MARCH 28
7:30 am  Breakfast and Kick-Off for Select a Taste of Michigan Campaign
               Speakers: Governor Jennifer Granholm, Michigan Department of
Agriculture's Dan Wyant,
              Joani Walsh of Food Routes Network, Patty Cantrell of Michigan
Land Use Institute, and
              Keynote Speaker Kamyar Enshayan of Practical Farmers of
Iowa/University of N. Iowa on
              "A Tale of Two Chickens"

10:00     Concurrent Sessions
              SESSION 9. Rain Gardens and Innovative Ways to Address
Stormwater
              SESSION 10. Select a Taste of Michigan Panel Discussion
(Retailers)
              SESSION 11. Got Meat? Marketing Seminar
              SESSION 12. Connecting with Farmers from Diverse Backgrounds

11:00     Break

11:15     Concurrent Sessions
              SESSION 13. Muskegon River and the Wild Rice Project
              SESSION 14. New Agricultural Entrepreneurialism
              SESSION 15. Reducing Risk with Alternative Marketing
Strategies
              SESSION 16. The Media Game/Marketing 101

12:15 Adjourn

This conference is the joint annual meeting of Michigan Integrated Food and
Farming Systems, the Michigan Association of Resource Conservation and
Development Area Councils, and Rural Partners of Michigan.



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