I’m a Postin’ Fool today. There was so much to share that concerns local food in my emails. I’ve had good visits with the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Brian Williams and a number of other movers and shakers. Many of whom will be at this event. Check it out.
SAVE THE DATE – 10th Annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit – 11/5/9
On November 5, 2009, the tenth annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit will take place at the new Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Ohio State University campus. For this landmark anniversary, we offer exciting and information-packed breakout sessions to inform and invigorate. There will also be exhibition space and a fresh produce market in the afternoon. To help us celebrate a decade of gatherings, The Ohio State University President, Gordon Gee, will give a welcome and USDA Deputy Secretary, Kathleen Merrigan, will provide an address via video.
You often hear that farmland provides services beyond food and fiber production. The morning plenary will begin by a panel addressing the question: How can we begin to value these services such as carbon sequestration and nutrient management, and what selling and trading of these services mean for farmland protection? The afternoon session focuses on the role of farmland protection in balancing growth and restoring prosperity to Ohio.
Breakout sessions are available on a variety of topics ranging from the basics of preserving the farm business, adapting to climate change through soil management, using surveys to gauge support for farmland protection, results from the latest census, to food policy and Ohio farmland.
WHAT: 10th Annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit: Planting the Seeds of Future Prosperity
WHERE: Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, Ohio State University
DATE: November 5, 2008
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. (approximate)
For additional information about the conference, go to http://cffpi.osu.edu/summit09.htm or contact Jody Fife, Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation, at 614-728-6210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is expected that registration materials will be available in early September.
Planning committee organizations: Agriculture & Resource Law Program, OSU; American Farmland Trust; Center for Farmland Policy Innovation, OSU; Countryside Conservancy; Denison University; Marketing Division, ODA; Office of Farmland Preservation, ODA; Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Ohio County Commissioners Association; Ohio Environmental Council; Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts; Ohio Planning Conference; Ohio Township Association; Otterbein University; and Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
Jill Clark, PhD
Director, Center for Farmland Policy Innovation
Dept. of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics
The Ohio State University
Agricultural Administration Bldg., 337
2120 Fyffe Rd.
Columbus, OH 43201