WKKF News Archive May 2005
Community Food Security Coalition Launches New Farm to College Website
The new website features extensive information about sixty different farm-to-college programs around the country. It includes information about individual programs as well as overall characteristics of current farm-to-college programs.
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FAS grantee Kevin Hodne of CADE quoted on AGWeb.com
"Value-Added Agriculture’s Low Success Rate," Agweb, March 10, 2005
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Rural Americans Have Political Clout
After the role of the rural vote in last fall's election, many political pollsters see the rural vote as a key to future elections. Rural Americans now have political clout. The Brownfield Farm Radio Network's Gary Truitt interviewed Rick Foster, vice president for Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and political consultant and pollster Bill Greener of Greener and Hook, LLC, for this story that aired April 7, 2005.
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National Immigrant Farming Initiative: Helping Refugees and Immigrants to Succeed as Farmers
With substantial funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, USDA's Risk Management Agency and Heifer, the New Immigrant Farming Initiative (NIFI) is a partnership between Heifer International, immigrant farming projects and representatives, and other stakeholders.
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Beginners build a herd
Getting a start in the dairy business is no easy task. Lenders are likely to turn a deaf ear to beginning farmers who have little collateral and are looking for loans to buy cattle, equipment, and land all at once.
But dairy producers Dan and Muriel French, who run a 155-cow dairy farm near Mantorville, Minnesota, have found a way to help beginners get a foot in the door. At the same time, they staff their own dairy with trustworthy helpers. The unique employment arrangement lets beginning dairy farmers build a dairy herd of their own while working for the Frenches.
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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grantee Interviewed by NET-Radio
HOST INTRO: A Nebraska initiative that helps rural communities become self-sustaining and self-sufficient has been awarded a 2 million dollar grant by the Kellogg Foundation. Martin Wells has the details.
Home Town Competitiveness, or HTC, is a program currently working in seven Nebraska counties and communities. HTC’s goals for rural communities include reversing rural decline, building leadership, engaging young people, supporting entrepreneurship, and fostering local philanthropy.
Jeff Yost is President and CEO of the Nebraska Community Foundation, one of the partners in the Home Town Competitiveness project. Yost says the money from the Kellogg Foundation will help communities go above and beyond what they are able to do with limited state and federal funds.
YOST: What communities need is that margin of excellence. Where do they get that little bit of extra money to do that little extra thing to make themselves more attractive to native sons and daughters, and others, who may choose to live in and work in their community.
180 applications were received for grants to create national models in rural entrepreneuership. The Home Town Competitive initiative was one six recipients of grants provided through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Entrepreneurship Development Systems for Rural America. The 2 million dollar grant will be spread out over three years.
For NET Radio News, I’m Martin Wells.
Small-town survival program gets $2 million
Jan Krotter-Chvala said she's seen rural development programs come and go in her hometown of Atkinson, Neb.
Experts visit, give advice, leave. In the end, not much gets done.
But Krotter-Chvala, an attorney whose family has operated lumberyards in north-central Nebraska for 113 years, said her town now has found a survival strategy that shows promise.
Called HomeTown Competitiveness, the three-year-old, Lincoln-based program is active in seven communities or counties in Nebraska, including Atkinson and Stuart.
The effort recently was chosen to receive a $2 million grant over three years by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich. Krotter-Chvala said she hopes that makes HomeTown Competitiveness an even stronger force in helping small towns survive.
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Kellogg Foundation Entrepreneurship Development System grant to Nebraska's Home Town Competitiveness Collaborative, Today's Ag TV Show, May 22, 2005
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A Harvest of Stories Shares Food Systems Leaders’ Stories
A Harvest of Stories is a different kind of publication. Created by writer and storyteller Beth Waterhouse, it weaves a tale of leaders struggling with specific challenges in their groups and in the fast-changing food system. These stories are told by leaders participating in the Cultivating Leadership for a Changing Agriculture (CLCA) Program and reflect the impacts of this cooperative project of the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL) and the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST).
Waterhouse’s narrative uses the leaders’ own words to draw out themes of learning and change as individuals gain confidence and competence, organizations become more effective and relevant, and people work together in new ways to create a more sustainable food system. The stories hone in on the CLCA program’s focus on shared leadership, using difference as a resource, and the power of listening and dialogue.
These themes found in A Harvest of Stories are timely for all of us. As we all struggle to make sure our day-to-day work -- on the food system, or an ecosystem, or a community, or a watershed -- has the highest impact possible.
Copies of the publication may be ordered from the Institute for Conservation Leadership, or on the CLCA Program Web site at www.cultivateleaders.org.
Farming and the Environment Launches New Website
F&E has launched a new web site to help us achieve our mission of protecting both the economic vitality of farming in Washington State and promoting the environmental stewardship of the state's working agricultural landscape.
The site is available at www.farmingandtheenvironment.org
Food and Society Policy Fellow's Short Film Selected for Film Festival
MediaRights, a Project of Arts Engine, launches its fifth annual MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL with premiere screenings at BAMcinematek and an online launch June 1. In "Young Agrarians," Johanna Divine, of Flagstaff, Ariz. profiles the next generation of farmers.
HBO's Manhattan headquarters will also host a VIP awards ceremony celebrating the winning filmmakers work on May 26. Sixteen provocative, short, social-issue films make up this year's festival and range from fast-paced musical animations to insightful personal documentaries that offer new perspectives on the war in Iraq, racial identity, global warming, gay rights, civil liberties, sustainable agriculture/development, drug addiction and more.
The festival includes a year-long program of web streaming, DVD distribution and screenings around the country intended to connect audiences to inspiring, independently and youth-produced short films that spark debate and action. Tickets to the June 1 premiere screenings at BAMcinematek are $10 and are available at the BAM Box Office (718.636.4100) or through http://www.movietickets.com.
For more information about MediaRights, visit http://www.mediarights.org or call 646-230-6288.