Friday, December 16, 2011

Gleaning programs, food security discussed at Nov. NYS Food Policy Council

Gleaning programs and food security were among the topics discussed at the November 2011 NYS Food Policy Council Meeting.

A couple highlights from the meeting minutes:

*Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Associate Dean Michael Hoffman presented the results of a study conducted on gleaning. Concerns about farmer liability and need for ‘match-making’ from cooperative extension need attention to improve current efforts, according to the report, which included seven current gleaning programs. The full report can be found online.

*Diane Albrecht, of the Food and Health Network of South Central New York gave a presentation on that organization’s 2011 Regional Food System Assessment, available at

*Jim Manning, of the Oneida Cornell Cooperative Extension, presented the Mohawk Valley Food Policy Action Network, which aims to develop a higher level of food security in the region, more info available at

*New York State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Darrel Aubertine spoke on the Federal Farm Bill. He noted that the Department of Agriculture and Markets is a actively engaged with other states on the Federal Farm Bill. Believes that the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture have achieved a 85-95% consensus on agriculture policy. A letter on this agreement was sent to Washington.

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