WKKF News Archive June 2005
A valuable investment in rural U.S.
Are you worried about small towns? Do you fear that these precious, peaceful places to live will fade into oblivion? Do you agree it's time to do something to reinvigorate this treasured style of down home living?
If you answered yes to any or all of the the questions above, you will find encouragement and inspiration in an announcement which spread through the state today. Following a national selection process, Nebraska's HomeTown Competitiveness program received a $2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich.
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Jubilee Community Kitchen featured on United Methodist television
The Jubilee Project Community Kitchen, a participant in the Association for Enterprise Opportunity’s Food Sector Learning Cluster, was featured May 11, 2005, on Nashville Tennessee’s United Methodist television, www.umtv.org/additionalstories/new_income_for_farmers.htm.
The Jubilee Community Kitchen now works with 30 small businesses with the help of the revenue it generates and grant money. The kitchen is capable of producing 2,000 jars of farm-fresh, gourmet products a day. Some of the other products created there are lip balm and herbal self-care products.
The Association for Enterprise Opportunity’s Learning Clusters are supported by a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant. For more information about the program, visit www.microenterpriseworks.org.
Reviving Mississippi Delta a Long, Slow Process
National Public Radio "All Things Considered," June 7, 2005
The steady loss of agricultural and factory jobs has left the Mississippi Delta with a low-skilled workforce struggling for income. Thirteen counties in the region have double-digit unemployment rates.
Story includes interview with W.K. Kellogg Foundation Mid South Delta Initiative grantee.
Occidental College's Center for Food and Justice Releases Updated Version of "Healthy School Food Policies: A Checklist"
The Checklist contains 65 policy ideas for improving school food, with legislative language for each idea drawn from policies that have been enacted or proposed at the state or school district levels. This updated version contains dozens of new policies drawn from a much wider range of sources than the original 2002 release.
We're continuing to gather examples of healthy school food policies. If you are aware of a policy or proposal that is not referenced in the checklist, please send it to email@example.com.
You can download a copy at: http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/cfj/resources/healthy_school_food_policies_05.pdf
Amber Waves, June 2005
Amber Waves presents the broad scope of ERS's research and analysis. The magazine covers the economics of agriculture, food and nutrition, the food industry, trade, rural America, and farm-related environmental topics. Available on the Internet and in print, Amber Waves is issued in print five times a year (February, April, June, September, and November). The Internet edition, or "eZine," includes links to web-only resources.
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Grant to Boost New Area Business
Representatives from a coalition of 20 educational institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and other entities and other northern New Mexico officials gathered to announce a $2 million grant that will enable them to increase access to services for entrepreneurs in Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel and Mora counties.
The partnership— called the Empowering Business Spirit Initiative— received one of six grants handed out by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. More than 180 organizations from throughout the country applied.
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Hometown Competitiveness initiative recieves $2 million
Hometown Competitiveness (HTC), a Nebraska initiative currently working in seven Nebraska counties and communities, has been awarded $2 million over three years from the Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich.
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Nebraska collaborative effort obtains grant worth $2 million
A $2 million grant to be awarded over three years will help rural communities in Nebraska focus on "four pillars."
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More Families Get Subscriptions to Buy Food From Local Farms
"We're dealing with people, not profits," says David Eson, director of programs for the western region of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Downtown. The western area of the nonprofit group is made up of 19 counties from Lake Erie to the West Virginia border. There are 14 farms offering subscriptions in this area, with at least 1,000 customers, Eson says. Some people pick up their share of fresh produce at drop-off locations. Others go right to the farm.
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New Immigrant Farming Initiative Highlighted in The Boston Globe
There are about 20 [immigrant farming] programs across the country, said Rachel Dannefer, coordinator of the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based National Immigrant Farming Initiative, which promotes farming by immigrants. In Washington state, Mexicans operate apple orchards. There are Sudanese farmers in Nebraska, growing sorghum. And in Maryland, farmers from the Caribbean raise goats for meat. ''For many people, farming is an incurable passion, and this is a common thread among the immigrant and refugee communities that these projects are tapping into," Dannefer said.
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New case of mad cow in U.S.
Tests confirm a new case of mad cow disease in the U.S., the USDA said on Friday June 24, 2005. It is the second case of mad cow disease in the United States. Tests performed in England have confirmed that a U.S. cow previously cleared of having the illness did, in fact, have mad cow disease. The cow was a downer and unable to walk so it was not allowed into the food supply per the safeguards previously set forth by the USDA. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said that Americans should remain confident about the “safety of our beef.”