FIG is seeking local partners for Houston 2020!

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FIG is coming to Houston for the National Planning Conference, April 25-28. We will have a special announcement to celebrate, and are hoping to find a few local partners that can help us plan our annual reception.

We are seeking:

  • A great venue: Memorable, perhaps unconventional, and a bonus if it features the food system in some way (e.g. a community garden or urban farm); walkable or easily accessible via public transit from the George R. Brown Convention Center
  • Amazing food: delicious, healthy, locally-sourced, creative.
  • Local partners: a few individuals and/or organizations that can be our “boots on the ground” in the lead up to the conference.

Please send venue/food suggestions and indicate any interest in partnering to: Ben Kerrick, ben@kkandp.com.

APA-FIG is becoming an official APA division!

Hooray! Thanks to your support, we’ve reached the required 300 signatures and are on to the next step in our quest to become an official division of the APA. Next, the Executive Committee of the Divisions Council is reviewing our proposed organizational structure, budget, and bylaws and will make a recommendation to the full Divisions Council. We anticipate that will be in January 2020.

Next, the Divisions Council will make a formal recommendation to the APA Board, who, in turn, will vote to approve APA Food Systems Division – the first new Division in four years. If all goes well, we hope to have official approval and celebrate at the APA National Conference in Houston in April 2020.

Look for updates along the way and thanks again for your support!

APA FOOD Leadership Committee

Help FIG get the final 20 signatures to become an official APA Division!

We need less than 20 signatures to complete our application to become an APA division! Please add your name to this petition and share with others. It just takes 1 minute to be part of making food systems planning recognized as a core area of the planning profession!

Thanks for your support!

APA-FIG Leadership Committee

Careers in Food Systems Planning Webinar

Curious about food systems planning? Join members of APA’s Food Systems Interest Group (APA FIG) and other practicing planners to learn more about working in food systems planning and policy development. The September 18 (11-12pm PDT) free webinar highlights how planners in the private, public and nonprofit sectors are actively working on food policy topics, including urban agriculture, economic development, health equity, food access, and/or waste issues as part of their day-to-day jobs. After participating in the webinar participants will be able to:

• Identify different career options in food systems planning.

• Understand the qualifications necessary for the job.

• Learn about day-to-day work activities.

To register, click here.

For a preview of what will be discussed check out APA’s latest blog post – “Food Systems Planning, With or Without a Planner Title.”

Help FIG get the final 50 signatures to become an APA Division!

Thanks for joining us in San Francisco for APA’s national planning conference. It was great to catch up with old friends and meet new faces working to advance food systems planning.

We’re thrilled we were able to collect over 100 signatures for our petition to become an official division of the American Planning Association. Food is a sustaining and enduring necessity. Yet among the basic essentials for life — air, water, shelter, and food — only food has been absent as a focus of serious professional planning.

We need only 50 more signatures to complete our application, so please add your name here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APAFoodSystems and help make food systems planning recognized as a core area of the planning profession!

And please pass the link on to your friends and colleagues and help us gather the last 50 signatures.

Thanks for your support!

APA-FIG Leadership Committee

We hope to see you at the National Planning Conference!

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Heading to the National Planning Conference in a few weeks? APA-FIG will be co-hosting a reception with the Healthy Communities Collaborative. Come and network with other planners and learn about FIG’s efforts to become an official APA Division (please sign our petition). Interested in learning more about food systems planning? Check out all of the food focused sessions.

Farm Bill Listening Session – March 14

USDA Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that on Thursday, March 14, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT, USDA Rural Development will conduct a listening session webinar to listen to questions and comments from the partners, stakeholders and customers who will be affected by the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Topics will include new tools in the 2018 Farm Bill to increase access to rural broadband e-Connectivity, expanding credit to rural communities, and other key provisions relating to USDA Rural Development programs.

Registration is required to participate. A registration link can be found at www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/farm-bill. The deadline for registration is 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday, March 13.

Interested parties unable to participate in the listening session may submit comments on the 2018 Farm Bill to USDA Rural Development through March 30, 2019, via email to RD.Innovation@osec.usda.gov.