The Center for Rural Affairs announced today that nationally recognized agricultural columnist Alan Guebert will be the keynote speaker at the organization's annual meeting, Saturday, November 13, in …
The Center for Rural Affairs announced today that nationally recognized agricultural columnist Alan Guebert will be the keynote speaker at the organization's annual meeting, Saturday, November 13, in the Marina Inn in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
Guebert is a frequent agriculture policy critic. His column is carried in many Midwestern papers.
A group of farmers and other experts will examine federal farm policy at the meeting in a panel titled, "Time to Act for Family Farms." The panel's goal is to assess current policy and offer ideas that will build a future for family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.
Participants will be able to take a close look at market alternatives in a session titled, "Take a New Approach: Successful Value Added Enterprises." Five panelists will describe how they achieved success with organic markets, small town manufacturing and sales, raising chickens and fish, community supported agriculture, and a vineyard.
Program Director Chuck Hassebrook said, "We have put together a strong program to address the issues in our rural communities that most need attention. By working together, we can create hope and a bright future for rural America."
Individual break out sessions include: Cutting Edge Marketing Techniques; Building Business Success via the Internet; REAP - A Small Business Development Strategy; Market Reform - Where We Go from Here; Organizing Cooperatives; Cutting Costs and Matching Markets in Livestock Production; Start Farming: Time to Act; Trampled Dreams - Rural Poverty in the Great Plains; Unicameral 2000: What's in Store; Global Warming; Research in the Public Interest; and Value-Based Estate Planning.
The meeting runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is free, except for a $5.00 lunch charge, and the public is invited. Contact meeting coordinator, Marie Powell, at 402-846-5428 for more information.
Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.