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Archive for Thursday, September 10, 2009

County to form food policy council

September 10, 2009

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A local food policy council soon will be empowered to find ways to grow Douglas County’s agricultural economy.

The council, with 15 to 20 members, will advise county commissioners on issues and ideas related to expanding the area’s ability to grow, market, store and sell food products.

“There are so many individuals and agencies already working on the issue … that oftentimes the folks who are working on it aren’t aware of each other’s work,” said Nancy Thellman, commission chairwoman. “The food policy council is a way for all of these people to get around the same table, and on the same page, and work toward the same end: the growth of our local food system.”

Thellman joined Commissioner Mike Gaughan on Wednesday in approving creation of the council. Commissioner Jim Flory was absent.

Thellman anticipates appointing members to the advisory council in the coming weeks. She plans to suggest providing the council with $10,000 to cover startup costs, event-planning expenses and other matters.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 3 months ago

"The liberal invasion of the douglas county commission has begun. This is an evil plot by leftie to destroy the economy of douglas county."

You're right to the extent that the county and city commissions have been dominated by business interests for many decades. But about that economy that the liberals are supposedly going to destroy-- an economy that has among the lowest per capita incomes in the state-- what's to ruin?

cowboy 5 years, 3 months ago

Sounds like a reasonable idea as long as it's a balanced approach. i'd love to see a marketing cooperative for local raised beef , vegetables and fruit . i think theres probably enuf ag assistance from the extension services but the marketing of these products could really use some help.

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