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Food & Society Policy Fellows Program Announces New Class

Publication: Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute
Published: 11/15/2006

Columbia, Mo. (Nov. 15, 2006) The Food & Society Policy Fellows Program, primarily funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has confirmed the members for its fifth class. The class will serve for a two-year period beginning January 1, 2007. The recipients of this prestigious fellowship were selected from a highly competitive national group of over 190 applicants.

The 2007-2008 class of fellows are:

· Tom Dobbs, South Dakota, agriculture economics professor at South Dakota State University

· Anthony Flaccavento, Virginia, executive director, Appalachian Sustainable Development, and organic vegetable and fruit grower

· Holly Freishtat, Washington, director of agriculture marketing, Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland and Economic Development Association (early career fellow)

· Paul Greenberg, New York, freelance writer with a particular focus on issues of ocean fisheries, and advisor to Arts Engines, Inc.

· Deborah Kane, Oregon, Ecotrust vice president of the Food & Farms program

· David Mas Masumoto, California, organic fruit farmer, book author, and columnist

· Lorraine Stuart Merrill, New Hampshire, dairy farmer and freelance writer

· Judith Weinraub, Washington D.C., freelance writer, former food writer and editor with the Washington Post

· Aimee Witteman, Wisconsin, Oxfam America, moving to Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (DC office) in January (early career fellow)

This is a distinguished group of fellows, many with extensive media and communications experience. All have valuable ideas they will contribute to the national dialogue about the direction of our food and farming systems.

The Food & Society Policy Fellows program addresses the need for consumers and policy makers to better understand and address the issues and challenges associated with a more healthy, just, and sustainable food and agriculture system in the U.S. today. The fellows use media, scholarship, public education and outreach to create stronger community food system and farming systems that are healthy and just for farm families, the environment, and consumers. For more information about the fellowship program, go to: www.foodandsocietyfellows.org.

The program is administered by the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute.

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