Contracted Lives: The Experience of Farmers in the Meat Chain in Brazil, India and the U.S.

In recent months, the meat industry has been getting a lot of attention: restaurants have said they will phase out eggs from farms that cage birds; major meat companies and retailers have said that they will phase out the use of “antibiotics for human use. But little attention is paid to people who work in the meat industry.

Posted December 03, 2015

Farm to School Month Midwest Menu Webinar

Are you interested in doing something special with your whole tray to celebrate Food Day during Farm to School Month this year? The Midwest Menu might be just what you are looking for! In the spirit of collective celebration, all schools across the Midwest are invited to serve a coordinated lunch tray featuring local and regional foods on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015.

Join this webinar to hear the stories of food service staff who participated last year—they will share advice and answer questions to help you plan your own local foods celebration.

Posted August 12, 2015

Building Minnesota's Farm to Institution Markets: The Producer Perspective

This webinar will review the findings of a recently completed survey of Minnesota producers on current and potential farm to institution markets (e.g. K-12 schools, hospitals, etc.) in Minnesota and the surrounding region. The findings of the survey identify key challenges and opportunities for producers to expand engagement in such markets, including an understanding of the types of practices and resources needed for economically sustainable participation.

Posted June 25, 2015

Rural Climate Dialogues – Itasca County, Minnesota

This May, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the Jefferson Center co-hosted the second Rural Climate Dialogue in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The Rural Climate Dialogues are part of an effort to spur rural leadership and build resiliency in the face of extreme weather conditions and a changing climate. The dialogue gathered 18 Itasca County residents for an intense three-day deliberative forum to discuss risks posed by climate change and develop a shared, community-based response to changing weather patterns and extreme weather events.

Posted June 22, 2015

Carbon Markets and Agriculture: A U.S. and International Perspective

Carbon markets and cap-and-trade programs are increasingly being used as a mechanism to mitigate climate change by reducing net greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S., there are already two large carbon markets in play—one in California, and one in the Northeast. There will likely be an expansion of U.S. carbon markets in the coming years as the Clean Power Plan is implemented. Internationally, the European Union has the world’s largest carbon market, and the United Nations has outlined rules and guidelines for carbon trading.

Posted April 22, 2015

Assessing carbon footprints on the farm

Discussions about climate change often lead to how agriculture is a major contributor of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is also true that agricultural communities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as they are often those most closely linked to natural ecosystems for their economic, social and environmental well-being. The challenge is to find practical strategies to adapt to and mitigate the current and anticipated effects of climate change. Our upcoming webinar will do just that.

Posted April 14, 2015

Agricultural Fungicides and Public Health

It is becoming clear that public health is increasingly at risk from resistance to some important fungicides, exacerbated by the overuse of agricultural fungicides. Fungicide resistance is showing up everywhere. Hardly a day passes without news of resistance to fungicide in another plant or animal -- bats, salamanders, Norway Maples, Hawthorns, wheat, corn, soy beans, coffee, potatoes, bananas, cats, cattle, honey bees, and now humans.

Posted March 05, 2015

TTIP and Animal Welfare

The EU and US have very different rules on the treatment of farm animals. The EU recognizes animals as sentient beings and requires Member states to respect their welfare, banning some of the worst forms of cruelty, many of which are common in the United States. Progress has been more limited in the U.S., but animal welfare activists won a major victory with California’s passage of a new law banning eggs produced in battery cages.

Posted February 26, 2015

Farm to School & Youth Leadership Webinar Part 2: Strengthening Farm to School

This two part webinar series will introduce participants to IATP's high school level Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to empower youth, teach them about their local food system, engage them in meaningful, hands-on learning activities that also strengthen their school’s Farm to School program and link them directly to farmers in their community.

Posted February 17, 2015

Farm to School & Youth Leadership Webinar Part 1: Helping students understand their food systems

This two part webinar series will introduce participants to IATP's high school level Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to empower youth, teach them about their local food system, engage them in meaningful, hands-on learning activities that also strengthen their school’s Farm to School program and link them directly to farmers in their community.

Posted February 09, 2015