5. Grant opportunity of organic gardens in schools by FFA
FYI from the National FFA.
Dr. Randy Showerman
Associate Professor, CARRS
302 Natural Resources Building
From: Gossen, Larry
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Sent: Friday, August 11, 2006 11:51 AM
To: Iowa - Dale Gruis; Minnesota - Joel Larsen; Wisconsin - Jeff Hicken; Ohio - Dr. Ike Kershaw; Kentucky - Curt Lucas; Missouri - Dr. Terry W. Heiman; Randy Showerman; Indiana - Robert E. Juncker
Subject: Grant opportunity follows
Good Day to All;
Anna Melodia found a grant opportunity I wanted to pass along. Below is the link to the grant website. This is a grant opportunity for schools who plant organic gardens as learning tools as an opportunity to obtain funds to plant a garden. Please share as needed. Thanks for the help.
Local Program Success Specialist
National FFA Organization
7. U.S. Ag Official To Speak In
The summit also will feature remarks from Gov. Jennifer GRANHOLM; Michigan State University President Lou Anna SIMON; Kris BERGLUND, with DNP Technologies; and Bruce DALE, an internationally recognized ethanol production scientist.
Much of this new technology is being billed as improving the efficiency of ethanol and biodiesel production.
8. Opportunities in Organic Dairy Production
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
8:30 am Welcome, social time
9:00 Opportunities in Organic Dairy Production
“7 reasons why
· Three common misconceptions about organic dairy production
· How to get $28/cwt for your milk
· Introduction to Organic Valley / CROPP Cooperative
10:00 Organic Certification for Dairy Farms
· The organic certification process
· Questions and answers about certification
12:00 Dinner (provided by Organic Valley)
1:00 Organic seed, fertilizer, & feed
Leon Hershberger, Cushman Creek Seeds
· Availability, prices, organic certification of products
· How products are used in organic dairy production
1:30 Open discussion, questions and answers
2:00 End of Meeting
Please feel free to invite any interested fellow farmers
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative Stands
800 Farmers Strong
Tuesday August 15, 10:00 am ET
Represents 40% of
steady growth shows that the marriage of organic agriculture and the
cooperative model is a winning formula for family farmers who want to stay on
the land, consumers who want delicious organic food, and future generations who
want a healthy environment," said Siemon. "
Organized in 1988 by a half dozen organic farmers who shared a love of the land and a belief in sustainable agriculture, Organic Valley/CROPP grew to nearly 200 farmers and $28 million in sales by the end of their first decade. By the end of 2005, its number of farmer-owners had risen to 723 farmers in 22 states, and sales had increased nearly tenfold to $245 million. Projections for 2006 continue this upward trend with an anticipated sales increase of $100 million and a 10 percent increase in farmer-owners.
Organic Valley/CROPP Announces $2 Million Farmers Transition Fund
In order to meet mounting consumer demand while guaranteeing a sustainable pay price to its farmer-owners, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative pioneered a full-service membership support program specifically designed to assist its membership and help new farmers come into organic.
A key feature of the Organic Valley/CROPP Membership Services Program is a new $2 Million Transition Fund. "The $2 Million Transition Fund is dedicated to providing critical financial assistance to dairy farmers who join the co-op during their transition to organic methods," explained Siemon.
Membership Services Program also includes educational workshops, educational
literature, support of existing farmer training programs, mentoring and
internship opportunities. It offers certification assistance, technical support
for farmers transitioning to organic, counseling by the co- op's nationally
renowned staff veterinarian, a farmer speakers bureau, a farmer hotline, web
resources at http://www.farmers.coop and other
services. In addition, to further support rural communities, the
Organic Valley/CROPP Welcomes 600th Dairy Farmer
Sauder, the first dairy farmer to be certified organic in the state of
and Ramer represent "Generation Organic,"
Organic Valley/CROPP Celebrates 100 Produce Farmers
month also marks the addition of the 100th produce farmer in the co- op. The
first farmer group, or "pool," in the cooperative, the produce pool
now represents more than 100 farmers in 8 states (
Produce Pool is realizing 100 percent sales growth annually. It is poised to
expand to year-round sales adding growers outside of the Midwest and
Organic Valley/CROPP: Independent and Farmer Owned
Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist
C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems
303 Natural Resources Bldg.
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