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 […]

via Food Safety Training Opportunities — The VeggieDr Blog

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Visioning of US Ag Systems Listening Session Announcement

DATE:               January 25, 2017

 SUBJECT:        USDA Announces Visioning of U. S. Agriculture Systems for Sustainable Production Listening Session on Thursday, March 2, 2017 will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is scheduled to end by 5:00 p.m.

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a Visioning of U. S. Agriculture Systems for Sustainable Production Stakeholder Listening Session. This stakeholder listening session is for those interested in the long-term healthy and viability of U. S. agriculture and for concurrently improving the economic, environmental, security, and health benefits to the United States through agriculture over the next fifty (50) years. The announcement appeared in the Federal Register (82 FR 8174, January 24, 2017).

The text of the USDA notice can be found at the following link:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/24/2017-01506/visioning-of-united-states-us-agricultural-systems-for-sustainable-production-stakeholder-listening

Registration to attend the stakeholder listening session in person must be submitted by FEBRUARY 27, 2017 and written comments must be submitted by MARCH 9, 2017. All questions about this listening session should be directed to the point of contact listed in the USDA announcement.

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Commercial Red Snapper Fishing

According to Gulf FINFO, “red snapper (Fig.1, Lutjanus campechanus) is also known as American red snapper, American reds, Caribbean red snapper, genuine red snapper, Mexican snapper, Northern red snapper, and snapper.” This fish species is sought by avid recreational fishermen and commercial fishing businesses in the Gulf of Mexico States. The Gulf red snapper fisheries […]

via Commercial Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico Region — Mississippi MarketMaker Blog

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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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Save the Date! January 13, 2017

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

Date:  January 13, 2017

Location:  Mississippi State University, Bost Auditorium

Time:  11:00 a.m.

Special Speaker, Dr. Samina Raja, will present “Building Food Systems from the Ground Up.”

Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Judy Belue at jwbelue1@gmail.com

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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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