ANNOUNCING NORTHWEST FARM BILL WORKSHOPS:

  Itís Not only Commodities:  Tapping the 2002 Farm Bill for Agriculture
  and
  Conservation Funding Opportunities

  With the help of many partners in the Northwest, the Center for Rural
  Affairs recently received a grant from the Bullitt Foundation to hold
  Farm
  Bill outreach workshops in each of the states of Idaho, Oregon and
  Washington.

  Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private,
  non-profit
  organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and
  ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs
  addressing
  social, economic, and environmental issues.

  The Federal Farm Bill signed into law May 13, 2002 brings new funding
  opportunities over the next five years to individual farmers and
  ranchers,
  from both inside and outside the traditional commodity programs, who are
  interested in tapping new markets, applying new management and
  conservation
  practices that reduce costs and increase profitability while also
  stewarding
  land, soil, water and fish and wildlife habitat.

  New funding opportunities for agriculture and environment non-profit,
  farmers market, farmland preservation, organic, rural development,
  cooperative development and other organizations also exist in the new
  Farm
  Bill.

  But, you ask, how do I find out about the programs Iím most interested
  in
  without shuffling through piles of paper, or websites?  When does the
  rubber
  really hit the road as far as funding?  How do I strengthen my abilities
  to
  tap into new and existing federal resources?  The workshops are being
  planned in an interactive discussion style and will build and enhance
  your
  capacity to navigate federal farm opportunities, increase your awareness
  about how Farm Bill programs are implemented -and how you can provide
  input
  to shape and improve programs.  You will also learn about examples and
  models from successful projects funded in other states and regions.

  The attached training needs survey will help workshop organizers plan
  for
  content that is most helpful to you, your membership/colleagues and
  clients.
  Please fill out this survey and return to Kim Leval by January 28th or
  earlier.  Thank you for your assistance!

  The Farm Bill Workshop Schedule is outlined below.  Please mark your
  calendars.  Call or email Kim Leval to register or for more information.
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  1.  CONFIRMED Friday, January 31st - Western SAWG meeting 9 to 11am Best
  Western University Inn, Moscow, Idaho for more information about the
  full
  conference or to register go to www.westernsawg.org.

  Friday, January 31st Best Western University Inn,1516 Pullman Road
  Moscow
  Idaho
  For those of you traveling to the Western Sustainable Agriculture
  Working
  Group meeting January 31-February 2nd I invite you to join me for an
  interactive farm bill workshop on Friday, January 31st from 9 to 11am at
  the
  Best Western University Inn.  A light breakfast will be provided.  This
  session will focus on Farm Bill basics and programs not covered in the
  larger WSAWG conference.  We will concentrate on the nuts and bolts
  (eligibility, how to strengthen your proposals, providing public comment
  on
  proposed rules) of the value added grants program, organic cost-share,
  Farmers Market Nutrition Program, new organic research money and other
  programs of interest to participants.

  Also, I've booked a room at the WSAWG conference for the Northwest
  Regional
  group to gather, socialize and network on happenings in Idaho, Oregon
  and
  Washington.  I've reserved the Appaloosa Room from 5:30 to 7:00pm on
  January
  31st. Come and mingle and bring your friends.

  2.  CONFIRMED Tuesday, February 11th 6 to 9pm at the Centre on the
  Grove,
  850 Front Street, Boise, Idaho  - in conjunction with the Harvesting
  Clean
  Energy/Idaho Ag summit - Boise, ID  To register for the full conference
  or
  for more information go to http://www.harvestcleanenergy.org

  3.  CONFIRMED Thursday, February 13 times to be announced- Watershed
  Science
  Conference and NWSEED WA State Renewable Energy Portfolio meeting -
  Walla
  Walla, WA - Whitmann College

  4.  CONFIRMED Friday, February 14th -  WSU Puyallup Research and
  Extension
  Station 12 to 4 Puyallup Room - Puyallup, WA 7612 Pioneer Way East - in
  collaboration with the Washington Farmers Market Vendor workshop through
  Vance Corum, WSU Small Farms Program

  5.  CONFIRMED Saturday Feb. 15th -   1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Itís Not Only
  Commodities Anymore:  Mining the 2002 Farm Bill for New Funding
  Opportunities presented at the Farmers Market Vendor workshop on federal
  funding opportunity related to farmers marketing at farmers markets

  6.  CONFIRMED Saturday, March 1st - Farm Bill workshop from 6pm to
  7:30pm at
  the Valley River Inn, Eugene, OR  - following a reception after the main
  conference In coordination with the Farmer Direct Marketing Conference.
  Community and Policy will be one of the tracks at the Direct Marketing
  Conference.  The final panel of the day from 3:15 to 4:45 is titled
  "Exploring Federal and State Funding Opportunities for Your Marketing
  Endeavors"  The evening Farm Bill session will expand on topics covered
  in
  this afternoon panel.  For more information or to register for this
  conference go to http://smallfarms.orst.edu information will be posted
  soon.

  7.  March 28th/29th - Building a Local Food System conference hosted by
  NCAP/Idaho Organic Association - Twin Falls, ID - day and time to be
  announced
 

  ****PLEASE NOTE:  NEW ADDRESS******
  Kim Leval - Senior Policy Analyst
  Federal Agriculture Policy
  Center for Rural Affairs AND Interim Executive Director
  Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (CSARE)
  340 Polk Street
  Eugene, Oregon 97402
  ph: 541-687-1490
  fax: 541-686-1380
  cell:  541-579-5324
  email:  kimleval@qwest.net
  center web:  www.cfra.org
  CSARE web:  www.csare.org