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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 jwbelue1@gmail.com

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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…

via Mississippi MarketMaker In-Service Training Workshop and Outreach — The VeggieDr Blog

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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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Register for a Local Foods MeetUp Near You!

via Register for a Local Foods MeetUp Near You! — The VeggieDr Blog

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Specialty Crop & Green Producer Workshop — The VeggieDr Blog

Mississippi Farm Bureau is hosting a Specialty Crop and Green Producer Workshop October 26, 2016 Cotton Blues Restaurant 6116 US 98, Hattiesburg 10 am – 2 pm Topics Include: Food Safety & Modernization Act FSA Loan Opportunities Grant Opportunities Market Development Labor Policy RMA Risk Management Products Worker Protection Standards To RSVP, […]

via Specialty Crop & Green Producer Workshop — The VeggieDr Blog

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Most Innovative Women in Food Named by Fortune and Food & Wine Magazines

Long-time friend of the Mississippi Food Policy Council, Emily Broad Lieb topped this year’s list of Most Innovative Women in Food!  The list, released by Fortune and Food & Wine, highlights women who had the most transformative impact in the last year on what we eat and drink.

“We considered hundreds of entrepreneurs, activists and idealists to single out those who have had the most transformative impact in the past year on what we eat and drink.” —Christine Quinlan, Elyse Inamine, Carson Demmond and Daisy Alioto

Emily Broad Lieb – Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic

According to the United Nations, the world produces more than enough food for everyone on the planet. Yet billions of pounds end up in landfills every year. Leib is taking on the hunger epidemic by focusing on legislation to address labeling and to make donating easier. “For most foods the date on the label is about freshness, not safety,” she says. “There are no guidelines at the federal level and inconsistent ones on the state level that are not based on actual science. We want to make labeling laws clearer, so when people pick up a yogurt, they know when it’s OK to eat it and when to throw it out.” This common-sense approach has the potential to transform our system, with the ultimate goal of getting more food to those in need.

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