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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Food Environment: The Effects of Context on Food Conference

Day Event Description: NIFA’s FY 2011 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program funding is supporting the “Food Environment: The Effects of Context on Food,” conference, May 30-31, 2012, at Tufts University in Boston, MA. This is a joint conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) and is sponsored by USDA’s Economic Research Service and the AFRI Markets and Trade program
The conference will provide a platform for research on the economics related to the role of consumers’ food environments on their choices and health outcomes. Topics will provide insight into the influence of the food environment on the quality, price, and availability of food; associated health or environmental impacts; and uncover the impact of policies aimed at influencing food production and choice.
Participants who would like to present a paper or a poster should submit a 2-page abstract before November 1, 2011. The abstract should indicate: the problem addressed, the study objectives, theory and methods used, and the results. Accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. More information about the conference and abstract submission can be found on the conference page: www.aaea.org/meetings/463

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Food Systems Symposium

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM Campus
Description: This is going to be the UVM Food Systems Spire's 3rd Annual Food Systems Symposium! Our goal is to highlight the importance of partnerships between the academic disciplines and communities' experiential knowledge to increase the breadth of innovative research opportunities and funding successes that can address complex community needs.

Details of the Day:

To do this, we've arranged to highlight three examples of transdisciplinary partnerships happening across the UVM campus, across campuses and the world, and beyond the boundaries of UVM to community partners.

In the morning, we will start with an international speaker who is traveling all the way from South Africa. Dr. Wouter van Hoven, Professor of Wildlife Management, U Pretoria, South Africa, will share his experience in putting together a transdisciplinary team to address a complex and unique food system problem in African communities. More information on Dr. van Hoven here: www.uvm.edu/~presdent/marsh/?Page=vanhovenbio.html

This will be followed by a discussion of a regional transdisciplinary research project that spans several institutions on the east coast and still reaches into the community of Brighton in Northeastern Vermont. The third talk will be focused on a new transdisciplinary effort on campus that addresses a problem for the Artisan cheese producers in Vermont. The final presentation is one that helps us think broadly about food, from Africa to Vermont. It will challenge us to think more broadly and transdisciplinary about feeding our communities and the world.

This morning session will be followed in the afternoon with an "Opportunities Panel." This panel will bring together representatives from organizations looking to do collaborative, transdisciplinary food systems research with other universities and with Vermont community organizations. The panelists will discuss currently available opportunities for collaboration.

Panelists still to be confirmed.

If you are curious about all the other food work going on at UVM, the concluding presentation by faculty affiliated with the freshly minted Food Systems Master's Program will give you some insight.

Contact Haylley at 802-656-9897 or haylley.johnson[at]uvm.edu if you'd like the agenda or more information.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Break

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Break

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter Break

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Lecture: Wouter van Hoven - Wildlife and food security in Africa

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis
Description: UVM James Marsh Professor-at-Large Lecture. Reception immediately following. Free and Open to the Public. Additional details: www.uvm.edu/~presdent/marsh/vanHOVEN%20Marsh%20poster_2013.pdf

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lecture: Alexander Wezel - Agroecology

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Mildred Livak Room, Davis Center
Description: "Agroecology: world-wide interpretations and applications in France" Free and open to the public. Refreshments available.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lecture: Pam Matson - A new era in global change science

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Jost Foundation Room, Davis
Description: Linking knowledge and action for sustainability.Dr. Matson’s research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems; vulnerability of particular people and places to climate change; the consequences of tropical deforestation on atmosphere, climate and water systems; and solutions to global change in the nitrogen and carbon cycles.Reception immediately following. Sponsored by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. www.uvm.edu/president/burack/MATSON-BurackPoster-1.pdf

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Gund Tea: Abdon Schmitt - The Southern Brazil Agroecology Case

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Institute, 617 Main St, UVM
Description: The Southern Brazil Agroecology Case: From Family Farm Livelihood to the Provision of Ecosystem Services.

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Lecture: Katja Poveda - Biodiversity in tropical agroecosystems

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminar
Speaker: Katja Poveda, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Cornell University
Title: Biodiversity in tropical agroecosystems: implications for natural pest control and productivity

Abstract: Simplification of agricultural landscapes is a major cause for the loss and fragmentation of habitats and thus a major factor contributing to the global loss in species diversity. Studies in temperate regions suggest that reduced biodiversity negatively affects ecosystem services such as pest control and production in agriculture, but evidence has been scarce. In the Colombian Andes we studied the effect of tropical biodiversity at a landscape and local scale on pest control and crop productivity.

Refreshments served, 12:30 in Jeffords 107.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Lecture: Jeffrey Hamelman - Bread: Nutrition, Famine, Disease

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminar
Free and open to the public, all are welcome
If you would like to meet with the speaker before or after the talk, please contact Lily Calderwood, lcalderw@uvm.edu

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: UVM Campus
Description: Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Annual Winter Conference hosted on the UVM campus.
Registration and schedule: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/

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TEDxManhattan Viewing Party

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Location: Lafayette 207, UVM Campus
Description: A full day of talks exploring the state of our food system and our progress toward sustainability. This official UVM Viewing Party will be streaming the event live from New York City.

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/594885790538569/
Event poster: www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/documents/TEDxManhattanPoster.pdf
Schedule of talks: tedxmanhattan.org/

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: UVM Campus
Description: Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Annual Winter Conference hosted on the UVM campus.
Registration and schedule: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Webinar: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Can one penny per ounce put a dent in the obesity epidemic?

• Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption has more than doubled over the last 30 years, with the average American now drinking 45 gallons annually.
• SSBs account for at least one-fifth of the weight gained between 1977 and 2007 in the U.S. population.
• A UVM survey of SSB purchasers shows they'll likely purchase less and could lose weight if an SSB tax were implemented in Vermont.

More info: www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/?Page=ssbwebinar.html

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Panel: Rice farming in Vermont - Challenges and Opportunities

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis 401
Description: Rice farmer panel:
Ben Falk, Whole Systems Design Research Farm (Moretown, VT)
Erik Andrus, Boundbrook Farm (Vergennes, VT)
Sjon and Elysha WElter, Center for Natural Living (Cabot, VT)
Josh Brill, Breezy MEadows ORchard and Nursery (Tinmouth, VT)

Contact Laura Hill Bermingham (lhill@uvm.edu; 802-656-1134) for more information
www.uvm.edu/seagrant/news/rice-farming-vermont-opportunities-and-challenges

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Seminar: Vern Grubinger - Innovations on Vermont Vegetable Farms

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Extension Professor Vern Grubinger is the Vegetable and Berry Specialist at the University of Vermont. He also serves as coordinator of USDA’s Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), which annually awards nearly $4 million in grants to researchers, educators and farmers across the 12 Northeast states. Vern also provides leadership to the eXtension Farm Energy community of practice. He received his MS and PhD at Cornell University in Agronomy and Vegetable Crops, respectively.

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

VT Grain Growers Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Essex Resort, Essex, VT
Description: 9th Annual Vermont Grain Growers Conference: "Returning to Our Roots"

Come to the annual grain conference and learn about growing and processing a variety of grains. This year our keynote addresses will highlight the challenges and successes of bringing small grains production back to regions like the Northeast. Guest speakers Klaas and Peter Martens from Lakeview Organic grain will discuss building soil health with cover crops and soil amendments. Local farmers will teach about growing grains and building rations for livestock feed, small scale grain production and processing, and much, much, more. Bakers from the region will provide instruction on making crackers and waffles from local grains.

CONTACT: Register at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=grainconference.html or for more information or questions call 1-802-524-6501 or email Heather Darby, heather.darby@uvm.edu or Erica Cummings, erica.cummings@uvm.edu.

COST: $40 NGGA members, $45 non-members. Includes lunch.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Seminar: Nancy Hayden - Composting for the 21st Century

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Nancy Hayden is Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, at UVM.

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Seminar: Grace Matiru - Agricultural Issues in Africa

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Grace Matiru is a graduate student in the Plant and Soil Science department at UVM.

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lecture: Janet Poppendieck - Universal Free School Meals

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Description: Janet Poppendieck is the author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America. She will discuss the bold steps Vermont communities can take to transform school food, our children’s health, our educational institutions, and our local farm economies.

Co-sponsored by UVM Women’s and Gender Studies Program, UVM Food Systems Initiative, UVM Food Systems Master’s Program, Hunger Free Vermont, VT FEED, and Shelburne Farms.

www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/?Page=poppendieck.html

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Seminar: Patrick Drohan

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Patrick Drohan is Assistant Professor of Pedology at Penn State: ecosystems.psu.edu/directory/pjd7

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Seminar: Abdon Schmidt-A Pasture & Agroecology Program in Brazil

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Panel: UVM and the Future of Vermont's Agriculture

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Billings Library, North Lounge
Description: UVM's Center for Research on Vermont presents their Spring Series: "The University In Vermont"
UVM and the Future of Vermont's Agriculture:
Agricultural leaders will present their visions of Vermont's farming future, including challenges, potential collaborations, and areas for new research and entrepreneurship.

Doug Lantagne, Dean, UVM Extension
Chuck Ross, Secretary, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Enid Wonnacott, Director, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermotnt (NOFA)
Tom Vogelmann, Dean, UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Roger Allbee, Former Secretary, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Vern Grubinger, Professor and Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, UVM Extension

www.uvm.edu/~crvt/

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Seminar: Fred Magdoff - The Significance of Soil Health

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Fred Magdoff is Professor Emeritus of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont.

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Seminar: Frank drummond - Pollination Ecology

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Frank Drummond is Professor of Insect Ecology, University of Maine. More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Battle of the Campus Chefs

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Maple Ballroom (Davis)
Description: Witness UVM’s most talented chef’s and most dedicated clubs prepare their most delicious and local meals! Sample and vote on all of the meals. Everyone who votes will be entered into a raffle with some AWESOME prizes from local vendors!

campuskitchensuvm.wordpress.com/food-summit-2013/

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Panel: The Emergence of Vermont's Artisan Cheese Industry

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Billings Library, North Lounge
Description: UVM's Center for Research on Vermont presents their Spring Series: "The University In Vermont"
The Emergence of Vermont's Artisan Cheese Industry: A Case Study in Collaboration
Panelists will discuss the rewards of engaged, collaborative research on Vermont artisan cheese, both for scholars and cheesemakers alike.

Amy Trubek, Director, UVM Food Systems Masters Program
Paul Kindstedt, UVM Nutrition and Food Science
John Barlow, UVM Animal Science
DJ D'Amico, Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese

www.uvm.edu/~crvt/

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Film Screening: Food Beware

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Food Beware begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town’s mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground – children, parents, teachers, health care workers, farmers, elected officials, scientists, researchers, and the victims of illnesses themselves. Revealed in these moving and often surprising conversations are the abuses of the food industry, the competing interests of agribusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical, sustainable solutions that
we can all take part in. Food Beware is food for thought – and a blueprint for a growing revolution.

More info: uvmbored.com/event/food-beware-the-french-organic-revolution-film-and-discussion/

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Gund Tea: Josh Farley-Economics, Agriculture & Ecosystem Service

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Institute, 617 Main
Description: Though humanity currently produces enough food to sustain nine billion people, nearly one billion people are currently malnourished, and the FAO warns that failure to increase agricultural output by 70% by 2050 in response to increasing demand could lead to catastrophic impacts on human welfare. At the same time, numerous studies warn that simply maintaining current levels of conventional agricultural production threatens catastrophic degradation of global ecosystems. To solve this dilemma, we must develop economic institutions that provide incentives for ecologically sustainable agriculture, and that prioritize physiological need over purchasing power.

More info on the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics: www.uvm.edu/giee/

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Seminar: Mark Starrett - Plant Propagation Workshop

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Mark Starrett is Associate Professor of Plant and Soil Science at UVM.

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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