Summit 2016

The 2016 Wisconsin Local Food Summit: Digging Into Local Food was held on January 14-15, 2016 at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, WI.

 

2016 WI Local Food Summit Details:

2016 Summit Keynote Speakers: WLFN hosted Winona LaDuke and Darrell Smith as the Keynote Speakers for the 2016 Summit.

 

 

A 2016 Summit Photo Album – Coming Soon!

Breakout Session PresentationsClick here to see the 2016 Summit Breakout Presentations.

 

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Apply Now for Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants

datcp_logoMADISON – Since its inception in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program has generated more than $8.4 million in new local food sales. Farmers and others in Wisconsin’s food industry who want to grow their local markets are encouraged to apply in the 2017 round of grants. Managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the grants can help farms and business more efficiently process, market and distribute food in local markets including stores, schools and institutions.

“Just as a wide variety of foods makes for a healthy diet, a variety of farms and agribusinesses makes for a healthy economy,” said BLBW program manager Kietra Olson. “We encourage growers, processors and distributors of diverse products to apply, and we look forward to funding some innovative ideas.”

Pre-proposals must be received at DATCP by 4 p.m. April 14, 2017. Each proposal must include a cover page, a completed budget template and three-page project description. The necessary documents can be found online at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/BuyLocalBuyWisconsinGrants.aspx

Qualified projects selected during the pre-proposal round will be invited to complete a full proposal. The recipients will be announced in May, 2017.

A total of $200,000 is available in grant funding; the maximum award for each project is $50,000. Grant applicants must provide a cash or in-kind match of at least 50 percent of the total project budget.

Qualified applicants include individuals, groups or businesses involved in Wisconsin production agriculture, food processing, food distribution, food warehousing, retail food establishments or agricultural tourism operations. Proposals could include collaborations or partnerships.

Since 2008, DATCP has awarded 44 BLBW grants for a total of $1,225,400. The program has resulted in nearly 200 jobs retained or created and has benefited more than 2,600 producers.

If you have questions about the application process, contact DATCP’s Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program manager Kietra Olson at 608-224-5112 or Kietra.Olson@Wisconsin.gov

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