April/May/June 2004

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Table of Contents

Cover Story…1

• The Secret Lives of Seeds: A Unique initiative that preserves Native American germplasm is telling us a lot about the past, and possibly something about the future.

Commentary…2

• Cementing the building blocks of democracy
• What's on your mind?

News Briefs…4

• Farms, fertilizer, fish
• Not all dead zones are in the ocean
• Popchops for supper
• Survey: Organic livestock needs organic information
• In farmers we trust
• Iowa Farm & Rural Life Poll

LSP News…6

• U.S. Supreme Court to rule on beef checkoff's constitutionality
• Pork checkoff timeline
• Public research subject of D.C. trip
• Bacigalupo elected to sustainable ag council
• Cornille legacy helps Farm Beginnings
• Thanks for remembering LSP
• Get a charge out of LIVE-WIRE
• LSP members going to Slow Food meeting
• Farm Beginnings field days this summer
• Grazing workshops
• It's field day season!
• Endowed chair: Livestock can be part of the solution

Policy Update…9

• USDA: CSP sign-up begins July 6
• Policy Program open house/cookout July 21
• Legislative Update: LSP's members take leadership role in saving local control in Minnesota
• Citizen livestock task force formed

Southeast Minnesota Update…12

• Smart credit, smart farming

Western Minnesota Update…13

• Hunger at home & abroad

Farm Beginnings… 16

• Beginning Farmer & Rancher Conference highlights communication on/off the land
• Farm Beginnings prepares for 2004-2005 session

Food & Farm Connection…18

• Food Alliance at work
• Where do those dollar$ go
• Help out at the Fair
• Food handling fact sheets
• Watson recognized by James Beard Foundation
• Stewardship Food Network

Opportunities/Resources…21

Reviews…22

Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology and Bioterrorism

Membership Update…23

• Steady stewardship
• Support LSP in your workplace

Stewardship Calendar…24