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The James Beard Foundation Presents Rethinking the Future of Food

James Beard Award–winning chef José Andrés; Nathan Myhrvold, author of Modernist Cuisine; Dr. Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist of NASA; Sam Kass, former Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition at the White House; and Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, among the participants

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) will host the sixth annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference at the Convene Conference Center (730 Third Avenue) on October 19 and 20. This year’s theme, Rethinking the Future of Food, will bring together a diverse group of thought leaders and provocateurs including chefs, scientists, journalists, activists, investors, and more. Building on last year’s theme of prescriptions for a healthier America, the conference will look at what lies ahead in three compelling areas: the future of health, the future of the kitchen, and the future of the farm.


Georgia Conservancy and Hill Country Conservancy get Big Pay Day from REI

Georgia Conservancy gets Big Pay Day from REICo-op launched Every Trail Connects, REI's first interactive stewardship program a success

For many in America, trails are the gateway to the outdoors. REI invited its 5.5 million members and the outdoor community to connect with the nation’s network of trails. The co-op is calling on hikers, runners, cyclists and anyone who loves the outdoors to actively take part and help to fund 10 inspiring trails by voting on


USDA Seeks Nominees for Peanut Standards Board


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for peanut producers and industry representatives to serve on the Peanut Standards Board.

The board consists of 18 members with representation equally divided between peanut producers and industry representatives. Representation is divided among three regions: the Southeast (Alabama, Georgia and Florida); the Southwest (Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico) and Virginia/North Carolina. Each region has three producer seats and three industry representative seats with staggered three-year terms.


Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases Draft Initial Funded Priorities List

A series of public meetings will be held across the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) released a draft Initial Funded Priorities List (draft FPL). The Council is comprised of governors from the five affected Gulf States, the Secretaries from the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, and Homeland Security as well as the Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Using funds from the settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc., the Council is seeking to provide near-term, on-the-ground ecosystem benefits, while also conducting planning activities designed to build a foundation for future success as additional funds become available from other parties.


SFI Grant Application period is open

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI Inc.) is pleased to announce the opening of the Request For Proposals for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. The application period opens August 11, 2015, with applications being accepted through Friday, October 2, 2015.

Since 2010, SFI has awarded 66 Conservation and Community Partnership Grants totaling more than $1.9 million to foster research and pilot efforts to better inform future decisions about our forests. When leveraged with project partner contributions that total exceeds $7.1 million. SFI is looking forward to another successful and productive year for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. You may download the application and supporting information for each program here:


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