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  • By making conscious choices and embracing sustainable practices, we can create a positive ripple effect that extends far beyond the event itself.

  • Get to know HEN in-person at the DPG Showcase ! Network, celebrate, and get to know your DPG/MIG. Ask questions and learn about opportunities to get engaged and make the most of your DPG/MIG benefits. ...

     10-09-2023  |  05:00 PM - 06:30 PM MT

  • Please join us for pre-show food and socializing, a viewing of "The Need to Grow", a thought-provoking film focused on food system innovators past and present, concluding with an invigorating panel discussion. ...

     10-08-2023  |  06:00 PM - 10:00 PM MT

  • If you are attending FNCE®, do not miss HEN's Spotlight Session ! RDNs/NDTRs are uniquely and powerfully poised to influence climate-positive change in multiple sectors across the food system. ...

     10-08-2023  |  01:30 PM - 03:00 PM MT

  • Join us as we tour Jack's Solar Garden in Longmont, CO and learn about innovative agricultural methods using renewable solar energy. The tour will be followed by lunch at the Edgewater Public Market. ...

     10-07-2023  |  08:00 AM - 02:00 PM MT

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The HEN Post Newsletter

Fall 2022 | Winter 2023

Development of 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and more!

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Spring & Summer 2022

Science ties regenerative agriculture to the health of the human microbiome.

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Fall 2021 | Winter 2022

In this issue, read up on beyond the climate change book club, connecting volunteers to your values, cultivating sustainable food systems, reducing food waste and so much more!

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  • Thursday

    HEN Webinar: Farm Bill Food for Thought

    Thursday, January 19, 2023, 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM CT

    Concerns about the relevance of agricultural research and extension in a changing society are complicated. They include funding challenges and a struggle to identify constituents, while adequately meeting their needs. Funding often follows relevance, however, and it may be that the questions of relevance in a modern, information-inundated, technologically-savvy and networked age prove to be the most profound and difficult. If the foundational concept in research and extension history holds—that a person may doubt what they are told but not what they do themselves—then these questions and concerns should explore how it operates in the digital age of social networks, big data, comprehensive modeling and vast visualization capabilities. These are matters to be worked out at the local level, within universities and among communities or constituencies, as well as in the halls of Congress as it debates a farm bill.

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    *Free for Members

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 1
    Performance Indicators: 3.2, 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4

    Learning Objectives

    1. To provide a background on food and agricultural
    2. policy, the legislative process, and the congressional political development


    Jonathan A. Coppess

    Jonathan Coppess is on faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, director of the Gardner Agriculture Policy Program and author of THE FAULT LINES OF FARM POLICY: A LEGISLATIVE AND POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE FARM BILL. He has served as Chief Counsel and special counsel for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Administrator of the Farm Service Agency at USDA and Legislative Assistant to Senator Ben Nelson. Jonathan grew up on his family’s farm in Western Ohio, earned his Bachelors’ from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.

  • Thursday

    Grain, Food Systems, Nutrition: What the Health?

    Thursday, April 27, 2023, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM CT

    Discover what the regional grain ecosystem has to do with your work and your lives. You will be introduced to the Artisan Grain Collaborative (AGC) community, and to resources and tools to foster more thoughtful eating practices. This webinar will feature a panel of AGC members, including:

    • Elena Gutierrez Byrne, AGC Communications Manager
    • Erin Meyer, MSFS, RD, Founder of Basil’s Harvest
    • Jenny Breen, Chef, MPH, MEd, Faculty in Culinary Nutrition, University of Minnesota, and Founder, Transforming the Table
    • Claire Smith, Farmer, Tenera Grains, and Founder, Teffola Granola

    Performance indicators: 7.1, 7.2, 12.4
    Level II
    1.5 CPEs




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