Farm to School – Two Session Trainings

Farm to SchoolMany schools in Nebraska are now buying local fruits and vegetables for their school food programs. Farmers can learn how to participate in these growing “farm to school’ initiatives in a series of free training sessions.

“Farmers can access an increasing market for fresh produce while providing healthy food to children in their community,” said Wyatt Fraas, lead trainer for the project. “At these sessions, farmers will learn what schools are looking for and how to assure them that their crops are clean and safe.”

Six Loup Basin area communities will host the two-part series of workshops. In the first round of sessions, “The Business of Selling to Schools”, farmers will learn how to sell foods to local schools, including business basics and marketing, regulations, and production practices.

In the second of the two-part series, “Farmers are Food Handlers, too”, farmers will learn ways to use and document a “safe food handling plan” that satisfies concerns of school and retail food buyers and also reduces risk of food contamination on the farm.

Training sessions are sponsored by the Loup Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council of Burwell and by the Center for Rural Affairs. Funding for the project is provided in part by USDA Rural Development.

Trainings will be held in the following six locations:

  1. Ord, Volunteer Fire Hall, 1628 M St. from 1-4pm on Tuesdays, February 25 and March 4
  2. Loup City, Community Center, 803 O. St. from 1-4pm on Wednesdays, February 26 and March 5
  3. Spalding, Clear Creek Organic Farms, 82228 499th Ave. from 1-4pm on Thursdays, February 27 and March 6
  4. St. Paul, Miletta Vista Winery, 1732 Highway 281 from 1-4pm on Tuesdays, March 11 and March 18
  5. Burwell, Sandstone Grill, 416 Grand Ave. from 1-4pm on Wednesdays, March 12 and March 19
  6. Broken Bow, Custer Public Power, 625 E. South E St. from 1-4pm on Thursdays, March 13 and 20

Visit www.loupbasinrcd.org or www.cfra.org/farm-to-school for more information, or contact Sarah Smith, Center for Rural Affairs Farm to School Coordinator at 307.321.9766 or sarahs@cfra.org, or Janet Sanders, Executive Director of Loup Basin RC&D at 308.346.3393 or info@loupbasinrcd.org . Stay tuned to KNLV 103.9 for training updates.

For more information on farm-to-school, visit http://www.cfra.org/renewrural/farmtoschool

$170,000 will Support Small Business, Job Creation Opportunities and Train Entrepreneurs in Rural Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska July 2, 2013 – USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul today announced the selection of four projects to support small business, job creation opportunities and train entrepreneurs in rural Nebraska.  The four organizations will receive funds from the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program.  USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

The National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils Announces Award to Loup Basin RC&D Council

The National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils

Announces Award to Loup Basin RC&D Council 

                The National Association of Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Councils is pleased to announce that Loup Basin RC&D Council of Ord, Nebraska has been reauthorized as an enhanced (Tier II) member of the National Association’s Circle of Diamonds program, thus maintaining its elite status as one of just 25 RC&D Councils (out of 375 nationwide) to have qualified for enhanced membership.

By earning reauthorization, the RC&D Council has clearly confirmed its ability to adhere to the high standards necessary for enhanced membership. It follows an array of governance, personnel, financial management, and planning policies and practices that ensure its effective action and transparent and honest administration.