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30 Letters + Compelling Content = USDA SARE Listening Sessions

More than 30 groups and individuals sent letters of support for a listening session to the USDA North Central SARE Administrative Council. The letters include data, information about the areas, potential for growth and innovation, challenges and solutions. They conveyed the opportunities of a region to work together: building community, stronger networks, improved economic development. And it would start with a listening session in three cities to cover three converging areas: Lincoln, Council Bluffs and Omaha.

Letter authors were very compelling. Because on September 23 and 24, the USDA North Central SARE Administrative Council will engage rural, suburban,  and for the first time, urban growers and consumers in dialog about what works, what doesn’t work and what the USDA can do to support improvements and innovation. Each site has its own schedule. Omaha will be the site of the first urban listening session for the USDA.

Residents are engaging more about food. There were at least three more farmers markets this year than last in Omaha. Which means there are more folks growing and selling food as well more folks buying food directly from them.  If you care about what you eat, limited choices or not; if you are food secure or food insecure; if you grow food, cook food or just eat it, you have something to say about food. And the USDA council wants to hear it.

So here’s your chance to have a face-to-face with some of the folks who can help improve our food systems. And get some good grub to go with it. Register today and share with friends!

Want to know who supported the listening sessions? Check them out below.

  1. Nebraska Great Plains RC&D
  2. State of Nebrasksa – Governor Heineman
  3. City of Omaha – Mayor Suttle
  4. Rural Development Commission
  5. University of Nebraska Rural Initiative
  6. Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society
  7. Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors
  8. Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.
  9. Homeside Farm Market & Greenhouses
  10. Western Iowa Development Association
  11. Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council
  12. Iowa State Senator:  Hubert Houser
  13. Keep Council Bluffs Beautiful
  14. Douglas/Sarpy County Extension
  15. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
  16. Southern Sudan Community Association
  17. Nebraska Radio Association
  18. Grower: Charles Bichel, Iowa
  19. Grower: Bernadean Bichel, Iowa
  20. Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition, Inc.
  21. Sarpy-Douglas County FSA Committee
  22. HyVee: Mitch Streit, Council  Bluffs 
  23. Celiac Sprue Association
  24. Center for Rural Affairs
  25. Grower: Jim Knopik, Nebraska
  26. Nebraska Community Foundation
  27. Nebraska State Grange
  28. Kansas Black Farmers Association
  29. Omaha Resident: Kay Stevens
  30. Massena Farms
  31. No More Empty Pots
  32. Nebraska State Senator:  Brenda Council
  33. Grace City Church, Omaha
  34. MCC Institute for the Culinary Arts
  35. Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska
  36. Congressmen Lee Terry & Jeff Fortenberry
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