Apri/May/June 2005 Land Stewardship Letter

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Table of Contents

Cover Story…1

• From Price Takers to Price Makers: One value-added marketing co-op is keeping the value where it belongs: on the farm.
• Co-oping resources

Commentary…2

LSL Q & A: Organic food's regulatory rock
• NPA: Connecting streets & farms
• Jerry Unger: 1951-2005
• Minnesota Legislature: Harmony means working together

LSP News…6

• 'Ducks' rally calls for ag conservation support
• Art gallery entries needed
• Grazing workshops in SE Minnesota
• Farm credit workshop in July
• Johnson & Kling join LSP Board of Directors
• 10% of Linden Hills sales to benefit LSP Sept. 12
Voices film on DVD
• Hook up with LIVE-WIRE
• 2005-2006 Farm Beginnings course deadline Sept. 15
• Farm Beginnings now in Ill., Mo. & Neb.
• Farm Beginnings field day July 16

Update Policy…10

• Minnesota Legislature: Future of local control still up in the air
• Sustainable ag, family farm proposals losing out to pro-factory farm initiatives
• The view from an African farm: Cotton producer Alimata Traoré says firm caps are needed on U.S. crop subsidy payments.
• CSP: How is it working do far?
• Township takes step toward controlling its future
• High court rules beef checkoff constitutional: Ruling will affect mandatory pork checkoff program.

Opportunity/Resources…14

• CSP hotline
• Organic processing
• 3rd crop help
• Campus ag programs

Farm Beginnings…15

• Fresh Faces-Fresh Farming: Robin Moore

Food & Farm Connection…18

• Minnesota Cooks! Aug. 30 at Minn. State Fair
• Food Alliance takes next step in certification through ICS partnership
• If you grow food…
• If you eat food…
• Food Alliance/PFI grass beef production field day Aug. 3
• Fine Fresh Dine Local Oct. 11
• Study: Farmers' markets produce fresh greenbacks
• Niman Ranch receives urban business award
• New U of M farmers' market
• Stewardship Food Network
• Hello, I must be going—food trade's revolving door
• Depositing some green in the food bank: Food For Folk gets quality vegetables to those that need it the most.
• Slow food on a slim budget

Reviews…24

Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet
• The Triumph of Technique: The Industrialization of Agriculture and the Destruction of Rural America

Myth Buster Box…26

• 'Right to Farm Laws' & land use conflicts

Membership Update…26

• Worth writing home about
• Help keep LSP's costs down & reduce unwanted mail
• Thank you
• Support LSP in your workplace
• April/May/June 2005