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Community Food Projects: Planning & Community Engagement Strategies New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will be hosting a webinar for organizations interested in learning more about how to prepare for the Community Food Projects grant program. Long-range planning and community engagement are two fundamental aspects of a successful proposal, so it's important to start thinking about it now. The presenters, Aley Kent from the International Rescue Committee and Tes Thraves from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, will speak about examples from their work.

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Stronger Economies
Together Technical Assistance and Training Application

I am writing you today to announce the availability of technical assistance and training for regional economic development planning.  Extension has again partnered with USDA-Rural Development on the delivery of its Stronger Economies Together Initiative (SET V).  In 2012-2013 we partnered on the SET III initiative, which resulted in the development of the regional economic development plan for Lee, Moore, and Richmond Counties, known as the Green Fields Initiative. In 2015-2016 we will be providing SET training and technical assistance to up to two regions in North Carolina that apply using the application referenced in the attached press release.  These regions must be comprised of at least 3 contiguous counties, and over half of their population must be rural. Please forward this press release to your contacts in economic and business development, including town managers, county officials, and others interested in regional economic development.  We are seeking multi-stakeholder groups who are interested in working regionally.  We will also be hosting an informational webinar on the application process on April 6 (the link for this webinar is in the press release).  The due date for the application is May 7. Thank you for your assistance in distributing this information statewide.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 919-628-4317. Becky Bowen Program Manager ANR/CRD blbowen@ncsu.edu (919) 628-4317

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Important Crop
Insurance Deadline Near for North Carolina Producers: Specialty Crop Producers, Others Need to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1

Raleigh, May 21, 2015 — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) reminds agricultural producers seeking federal crop insurance thatthey must have their Highly Erodible Land Conservation and WetlandConservation Certification form, commonly called form AD-1026, on file withtheir local USDA service center by June 1, 2015.Many farmers may have their certification form on file meeting conservationcompliance provisions since it’s required for participation in other USDAprograms, including NRCS conservation programs. But producers, likespecialty crop growers who receive federal crop insurance premium subsidiesand do not participate in other USDA programs, must now file acertification form with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).“Most producers already have a certification form on file, but we want toensure all producers interested in USDA benefits take the steps to beeligible,” said Timothy Beard NRCS state conservationist in North Carolina.“We want to make sure producers interested in crop insurance know of theupcoming June 1 deadline. We encourage you to contact your local USDAservice center to ensure you’re in compliance.”Wake County Producers should contact a Conservationist  or visit the WakeSoil and Water Conservation District office at the USDA service centerbefore the June 1, 2015 deadline to ask questions, get additionalinformation or learn more about conservation compliance procedures.Producers that file their form by the deadline will be eligible for federalcrop insurance premium subsidies during the 2016 reinsurance year, whichbegins July, 1, 2015. The June 1 deadline does not apply to producersseeking benefits from FSA and NRCS programs.Additional information on conservation compliance is available atnrcs.usda.gov/compliance, including a Five Steps to Meet ConservationCompliance guide and answers to frequently asked questions.Stuart Ashby LeeState Public Affairs and Outreach SpecialistUSDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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AMSTRA Grant Writing Workshop Materials

Grant Writing Workshop for Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs (Link to Workshop Modules) This training is open to individuals and organizations and is offered at no cost to participants! April 14, 2015 – MORE »

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At the Intersection of Arts and Agriculture

By Becky L. Bowen, J.D., Program Manager, CultivateNC  I had the good fortune this month to attend the Cross-Currents:  Art + Agriculture Powering Rural Economies conference sponsored by Art Force and the National MORE »

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Today, I want to talk a little about community change.  In trying to create change, you will often hear professionals talk of “getting buy-in”. In other words, the professionals generate the solutions and MORE »

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Economic Development and the Arts

I recently attended the annual NC Main Street Conference with the hope of bringing back some new ideas to share with Extension especially in the area of downtown revitalization and economic development.  I was looking MORE »

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