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Starts Monday, August 18, 2008
at 1:00 PM for 2 days


Farm & Food Leadership Conference

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Location: Austin, Texas

Be part of an exciting gathering of non-profit leaders, farmers and ranchers, farmers market organizers, local foods activists, and more! The first day will feature top speakers on issues such as water rights and management, the National Animal ID System, genetically modified foods, and local food systems.  The second day will include workshops to help give each person the tools to effectively take action on these, or any other issue you care about!


WHEN: Monday and Tuesday, August 18-19, 2008

WHERE: Rubio's Event Center, 10712 FM 1625, Austin, TX.  Directions at


Monday, August 18:

*  Water issues panel:  Jimmy Gaines, Texas Landowners Council; Mary Kelly, Environmental Defense Fund; and Robert Potts, Dixon Water Foundation
*  Genetically modified foods: Bill Wenzel, National Family Farm Coalition
*  Highlights from the Farm Bill: Patty Lovera, Food & Water Watch
*  National Animal Identification System (NAIS): Judith McGeary, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
*  Farm-to-School programs: Andrew Smiley, Sustainable Food Center
*  Local food systems: Suzanne Santos, Sustainable Food Center, and Marla Camp, Edible Austin

Tuesday, August 19

*  Breakfast & networking tables.  Topics to include raw milk, mineral rights, TDA’s organic program, and more
*  What 501(c)(3)'s can and cannot do in policy work: Bill Wenzel
*  Grassroots organizing: How to create a network and how to be a citizen lobbyist: Celia Hagert, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Patty Lovera, and Bill Wenzel
*  Breakout groups to develop plans on statewide issues for the upcoming year
*  Regional coordination



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Organization: Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance


Contact Info: Judith McGeary ( 512-243-9404

(Registration Required)