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Economic Impacts of Local Foods Webinar

The North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) is pleased to announce another webinar in the Good Food Talk Series: Topic: Economic Impacts of Local Food Systems: Measuring Outcomes Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm Eastern Time (10:00 am Pacific Time) Webinar Presenters Rich Pirog — Director, Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University Dawn Thilmany — Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics, Regional […]

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MFPC Quarterly Meeting – April 7, 2017

The MS Food Policy Council is your way to stay informed about local food issues in Mississippi!     
Next Quarterly Meeting will be held Friday, April 7th at the MSU CAVS Center from 11am-2pm.  
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about three important topics:
Senator Angela Hill will update the group on current local food legislation;
Dr. James Barnes, MS State Extension Service, will present details about their new Food Hub initiative;
Dr. Quinton Dickerson, St. Dominic Hospital, will discuss the connection between food and health in their Ornish Reversal Program.
Please send your RSVP for lunch to by Monday, April 3rd.
The CAVS Center is located at 153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton MS  39046.

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Food Safety Training Opportunity

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion will host an Acidified Canned Foods (ACF) Training and General Food Safety Training for Mississippi Certified Farmers’ Market Vendors and the Cottage Food Industries. The workshop is designed to teach the basics of food safety and regulations for processing […]

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Mark your calendars for the next MFPC meeting!

Please join the Mississippi Food Policy Council for our second quarterly meeting of 2017!

Date:  Friday, April 7, 2017

Location:  Mississippi State University CAVS Extension Center

153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton, MS

Time:  11:00 a.m. – 1:30 PM

Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP by March 15,  to Judy Belue at

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Join the Mississippi Food Policy Council

Why join the Mississippi Food Policy Council?

Food Policy Councils (FPCs) provide a unique forum for diverse stakeholders to come together and address common concerns regarding food policy including food systems, food security, farm policy, food regulations, health, and nutrition. FPCs are springing up around the country because no government agency deals specifically with food policy, though several different agencies deal with different aspects of food policy.  FPCs work at the state, local, or regional level to shape policy, promote public education and communication, evaluate current policies, and launch and support programs. 

The mission of the Mississippi FPC is to advocate for food and farm policies that build healthy communities and strengthen local food systems. The Mississippi Food Policy Council employs the following strategies to improve our food system:  (a) Strengthening the connections between food, health, natural resource protection, economic development and the agricultural community. (b) Researching, analyzing and reporting on information about the local food system. (c) Advocating for and advising on food system and food policy implementation. (d) Promoting and providing education on food system issues.

Membership in the Mississippi Food Policy Council has excellent benefits:

  • Be an advocate for good health, food and sustainable agricultural policy and practices in the State of Mississippi.
  • Stay informed about proposed policies, legislation, and initiatives and how they impact Mississippi food and farm policy.
  • Vote for the Board of Directors of the Mississippi FPC.

 Membership levels and their respective dues:

  • Individual – $35.00                                                 
  • Student – $20.00     
  • Agency/Business/Non-Profit – $50

Terms of Membership:

Government agencies are non-voting members.  Each business or non-profit has one vote per paid membership.  Businesses and non-profits may have additional votes as long as dues are paid for each representative.

Dues are payable to the MFPC upon submission of the application form.

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Mississippi MarketMaker In-Service Training Workshop and Outreach

Originally posted on Mississippi MarketMaker Blog: What is MarketMaker? MarketMaker “is the largest and most in-depth database of its kind featuring a diverse community of food-related businesses: buyers, farmers/ranchers, fisheries, farmers markets, processors/packers, wineries, restaurants and more. MarketMaker provides simple yet powerful search tools to connect with others across the production and distribution chain.” Read more…

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Mississippi Oyster Season to Open in October — Mississippi MarketMaker Blog

The Mississippi oyster industry underwent severe economic hardships due to the massive destruction and frequent closures of the state public oyster reefs associated with natural and technological disasters since 2005. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) reported that Hurricane Katina destroyed 90-95 percent of the state oyster resources in August 2005. MDMR also stated […]

via Mississippi Oyster Season to Open in October — Mississippi MarketMaker Blog

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