Monthly Archives: September 2016

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

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 […]

via Most Innovative Women in Food Named by Fortune and Food & Wine Magazines — Mississippi Food Policy Council

Webinar Opportunity! Fish and Tackling Sustainable Production

Webinar Opportunity!  Fish and Tackling Sustainable Production

National Good Food Network Webinar

Fish and Tackling Stimulating Sustainable Production

Thursday, Sep 15
3:30 – 4:45pm ET (12:30 – 1:45pm PT)

Free! Register Now

On first blush, seafood seems quite different from our other food. Fishing is the last domain where most of the supply is hunted, rather than cultivated. Furthermore, we consume a much wider variety of aquatic animal species than terrestrial ones.

And yet so many of the lessons sustainable food systems promoters have learned apply to seafood as well – small scale tends to mean lower impact, local and short value chains increase the rewards to careful stewards of resources, and geography matters.

This webinar will examine how large-scale fishing compromises the environment, the return to traditional methods, the value of fishing certifications, and a truly innovative and sustainable approach to seafood farming. It will connect the problems and solutions of “landfood” with our other, often forgotten, source of food- the sea.

Join Niaz Dorry, executive director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, and Bren Smith of Greenwave for this eye-opening webinar.

Part 1 of our Stimulating Sustainable Production Series, exploring innovations and the state of the art of increasing both the supply and demand for sustainable food at the center of our plates.

Reserve your spot – click here


Niaz Dorry



Bren Smith