Introducing the Community ExCHANGE

Introducing the Community ExCHANGE



Introducing the
Gulf Coast Community ExCHANGE
a web-based healthy communities initiative
transforming data into ACTION.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
9:30  – 11:00 a.m.

Knight Non-Profit Center
Community Bank Room
11975 Seaway Road, Gulfport MS

Space is limited to 12-15 participants.
Please invite a colleague and RSVP to


·         LEARN how and why the Mississippi Gulf Coast was chosen for this powerful data platform.

·         LEARN how to use the Community ExCHANGE as a tool in your grant writing.

·         LEARN why we are committed to offering this dynamic tool for FREE to everyone on the Gulf Coast.

·         LEARN how to customize a fully-integrated health dashboard for initiatives your organization is tracking.

  • BRING your laptop, fully charged. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the site yourself. 

Powered by Xerox Community Health Solutions. Fully funded through Louisiana Public Health Institute and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Future for the Gulf Fund.


October is Farm to School Month!


via FoodTank ( October is National Farm to School Month and communities across the country are celebrating the importance of farm to school programs. These programs, implemented in more than 42,500 schools in the United States, can help improve child nutrition, stimulate local economies, and educate children about where their food comes from and how to make […]

via October is Farm to School Month! — Mississippi Food Policy Council

MFPC Quarterly Meeting Notice — Mississippi Food Policy Council


The Mississippi Food Policy Council invites everyone to attend our quarterly meeting set for October 14 from 11 am – 2 pm. The meeting will be held at the MSU CAVS Center in Canton. We will host three presentations: Chance McDavid, Mississippi State University – Statewide Local Food Meetups Keith Benson, Founder and Director of the […]

via MFPC Quarterly Meeting Notice — Mississippi Food Policy Council

Local and Regional Food Webinar – October 7th, 2016

Local and Regional Food Webinar – October 7th, 2016

Local & Regional Foods:  Connecting Regional Efforts

The South has seen significant activity around local and regional foods systems in the recent months.  As a result, a team of Extension and research professionals have come together to create a process for connecting these efforts and growing the work across states and disciplines.  Come see what is planned and learn how you can be involved in the initiative.


October 7, 2016 – 10:30 am  Central / 11:30 am Eastern


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For more information or to view past CRD Webinars, please visit our website:


Growing, Making, and Improving Wines Workshop

Growing, Making, and Improving Wines Workshop

Growing, Making & Improving Wines Workshop 

October 21, 2016 

A.B. McKay Food Research & Enology Laboratory


Presented by

Drs. Eric Stafne & Juan L. Silva 

Mississippi State University


8:00 am               Registration

8:30 am               Introduction

9:00 am               Grape Varieties & other fruits 

Bunch grapes


Others: Blueberry, Strawberry, Blackberry

10:00 am             Vine Management techniques to improve wine quality 

10:30                    Break

10:45 am             Harvest 

11:15 am             Post-harvest management : sulfiting, temp/rh, rots/spoil

12:00                    LUNCH         

1:00 PM               Juice & Winemaking (class plus demo/lab) 

Factors that affect winemaking, Equipment

4:00 PM               Tasting 

                                    Wine & cheese

Discussion on future needs

Research, Regulations, Outreach


Featured Speaker- Ellen Butz

Ellen Butz (Harkness) has worked with the wine industry in the Eastern United States since 1979. She is a microbiologist who spent most of her career working with the yeast and bacteria involved in wine production and teaching winemakers the fine art of pleasing the microbes—thus making fine wines. She recently retired from Purdue University after 15 years as Enology Specialist for the Indiana wine industry. Prior to this she was an Enology Extension Specialist at Mississippi State University (1984-1992). In 2007, she and Dr. Richard Vine established Vintage Winery Consultants to help new and established wineries determine their analytical and quality control needs, assemble the equipment, and train winemakers to be proficient QC managers. In 2010 she was awarded the American Society for Enology and Viticulture Merit Award. In her spare time Ellie makes “non-commercial” wines, grows grapes and teaches others to love the art of the vine.


601 S  925 W
West Lafayette, IN  47906

Proprietor, Eastern Wine Analysis Laboratory, 1982-1987




Specialty Crop & Green Producer Workshop

Specialty Crop & Green Producer Workshop


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, contact Chris Shivers




To download the flyer click shivers-flyer