USDA, Congressman Brad Ashford partner for Local Foods for Local Tables Conference

OMAHA, Neb.  August 5, 2016– Nebraska United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies will participate in the 2nd Annual Local Foods for Local Tables Conference being hosted by Nebraska U.S. Congressman Brad Ashford on Aug. 19, 2016, in Omaha. USDA Rural Development, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency all will have a presence at the event, and staff will discuss USDA resources available to help farmers in urban agriculture settings.

“This is a great opportunity to engage with urban ag producers and share what the USDA has to offer,” said Craig Derickson, NRCS state conservationist and chair of the USDA Nebraska Food and Agriculture Council.

The free conference will feature Sam Rikkers, USDA’s administrator for the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. He will be the keynote luncheon speaker.

In its second year, Congressman Ashford said his goal for the conference is to highlight local/urban foods initiatives in the Greater Omaha Area and provide producers and others with an urban ag interest information on technical, financial and educational support services available through USDA agencies and other partners.

“I am proud to support these local initiatives which bring economic empowerment, educational tools, and increases access to safe, nutritious foods in our community,” said Ashford.

The day-long conference will take place at the Scott Conference Center, located at 6450 Pine Street in Omaha. It is free and open to the public. The morning sessions will focus on policy discussion related to urban agriculture, while the afternoon sessions will feature experts discussing business tools in one track and gardening basics and other practical tips in another track.

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