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UWRF Participates in Wisconsin's First Annual Local Food Summit

JAN. 29, 2007-- University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dean Dale Gallenberg and Plant and Earth Science Professor Kelly Cain was among 200 educators, farm group leaders, producers, nonprofit advocates and retailers attending Wisconsin's first annual Local Food Summit on Jan. 4 in Stevens Point.

The summit provided a venue to share information about efforts on expanding Wisconsin's local food markets, according to organizers.  Attendees provided information on challenges and opportunities on how to increase consumption of Wisconsin produced agricultural products.

Speakers included Brian Halweil of the WorldWatch Institute and author of "Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket," Rod Nilsestuen, a UWRF alumnus and secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Sen. Julie Lassa and Sarah Klavas of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. A lunch featured locally grown foods.

A highlight of the summit was the announcement of a "Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin" legislative initiative, which would provide statewide support including technical assistance and grants. This proposal supports local grassroots efforts to increase consumption of Wisconsin-produced agriculture products.  

Halweil noted that Wisconsin is a leader in local food innovations with a large and growing number of farmers' markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) farms. Building on these successes, a number of initiatives around the state are attempting to expand local food markets by increasing institutional purchasing of Wisconsin grown products.

The Wisconsin Local Food Summit was supported in part from a USDA Agriculture and Entrepreneur Education Grant, UW Cooperative Extension and a variety of organizations including DATCP, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and others dedicated to supporting local food initiatives. More information on the summit can be found at its web site, .

For more information contact Cain at .


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