Do you have nuisance animals in your yard, garden, or farm? This presentation will give you some ideas for developing your own animal control strategy!
You’ll learn tips for dealing with above-ground pests, below-ground pests, and fliers. Specifically, you’ll learn about deer control and exclusion and repellents to help you control feeding damage.
Click on the link below to see the PowerPoint presentation I recently gave at the SCALE Food Safety Conference.
When Animals Come to Dinner
The Food Policy Networks project at the Center for a Livable Future just released a new map that shows the location of Food Policy Councils (FPCs) in the United States and Canada, and the locations of organizations that convene these councils at a regional level.
Check out the map here: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-a-livable-future/projects/FPN/Map/index.html
Mississippi Food Policy Council Mississippi
Dr. DeMarc Hickson, President
My Brother’s Keeper, 710 Avignon Drive Ridgeland, MS 39157
Independent Grassroots Coalition
Education, Purchasing (Farm to School, Farm to Institution, Cottage Food Industry), Other
Through a resolution drafted and championed by the MFPC and its partners, the Mississippi; Legislature designated the first week of October as “Mississippi Farm to School Week.” http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/governmentrecords/files/sos/sosenrolled/sos-enrolled-2012/sos-enrolled-2012-house-resolutions/HC112.pdf In response to discussions with the Mississippi Food Policy Council (MFPC), the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) now gives wireless Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) machines to farmers market managers, allowing SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) recipients to purchase any eligible products at farmers markets. The MFPC worked with legislators to draft and pass legislation that created an Interagency Farm to School Council. The Interagency Council will facilitate the procurement and use of locally grown and locally raised agricultural products in school meals in order to improve the quality of food served in schools and to support the state economy. The MFPC worked with legislators to pass legislation exempting cottage food production operations from certain licensing requirements. This new cottage food exemption creates a viable option for in-home production of jellies, jams and other low-risk foods.
As a member of the Mississippi Food Policy Council, I co-chair the Food Access Subcommittee with Alicia Landry of USM. We work on a variety of topics including underserved popluations and food deserts.
Lack of access is not an issue that can be solved through a single-focused campaign. Rather, there are multiple factors that make lack of access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods a daily struggle for over 800,000 Mississippians including 200,000 children.
Factors contributing to lack of access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods:
- Too few grocery stores in the state
- Transportation boundaries
- High caloric options outweigh healthy options in rural areas
I recently attended a luncheon sponsored by The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi where we discussed healthy food access and the state’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI).
Helping communities secure a grocery or convenient store where there are none is an initiative The Partnership is involved with in collaboration with The American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Voices for Healthy Kids. This includes the successful passage of a Healthy Food Financing bill that will allow for interested developers, grocers and other retailers to apply for grants and or loans to build, upgrade, remodel or buy equipment to a grocery or convenient stores. For more information on Healthy Food Financing please contact Langston Moore at email@example.com.
Photo courtesy of http://www.healthyeatingstartshere.com.
The Mississippi Association of Cooperatives and Alcorn State University Mississippi Small Farm & Agribusiness Center are hosting the SCALE Food Safety Conference on May 19, 2015 at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, MS. This conference will provide valuable information on food safety and food defense for Specialty Crops, Aquaculture and Livestock Enterprises (SCALE). Registration for the conference is $25 for farmers and students and $150 for agricultural professionals. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601.877.2425.
In addition, a 2-day HACCP Training and Certification, May 18-19, 2015, for fruit and vegetable operations will be offered. The registration fee for the 2-day HACCP training and certification is $200 per participant and space is limited to 15 participants. If you or a staff member would like to participate in the HACCP training, please send an email to email@example.com