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Food and Fun in the Field, Recap

by Josh Vincent — last modified Sep 15, 2011 05:31 PM
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Dan Speaks to Farmers

This month, NCAP brought together farmers and partner groups to promote sustainable agriculture and conservation. Meeting at the Berggren Demonstration Farm, a beautiful riverside property managed by McKenzie River Trust and partners, our shared goal was to raise awareness about the environmental stewardship incentives available to farmers. Of course, we managed to have some fun as well.

Over barbeque and local brew, staff from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Eugene Water & Electric Board, and Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development spoke and took questions about the various environmental and energy conservation programs they offer. Farmer Jim Bronec of Praying Mantis Farm then shared his experience with some of these and similar programs. As one who went to Washington, D.C. earlier this year to speak to congress, Bronec also highlighted the importance of defending these crucial incentives from budget cuts targeting the environment. Finally, Dan Whelan offered his perspective from the offices of Senator Jeff Merkley, also pointing to the importance of communicating the value of these programs to our elected officials.

Thanks to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition for providing support for this event.

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