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Nebraska Extension Provides Marketing Support to Farmers
First 100 producers receive sponsored one-year memberships to Buy Fresh Buy Local. Deadline: April 8, 2020

To support farmers during this challenging time, Nebraska Extension’s Regional Food Systems Initiative is offering scholarships to the first 100 producers that sign-up for a 2020 Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska membership. This one time opportunity is first-come-first-serve, and the deadline to sign-up is April 8, 2020. Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska is a statewide member-based local food promotion, education, and marketing program. Producers will receive the benefit of expanded reach, technical assistance, and additional promotion. Learn more about our efforts and support of direct- market farmers online at buylocalnebraska.org.

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Local and Regional Food Systems Bring Value to Communities by:

  • generating economic development
  • creating relationships between residents, farmers and businesses
  • preserving and protecting farm land
  • supporting healthy lifestyles

All of us rely on the food system, but it’s not always clear what role we play or how we can make it better. Nebraska Extension is poised to assist all Nebraskans to become better acquainted with their food system and to work with communities across the state to embark on building a food system that meets the needs of everyone.

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Creating spaces that are inviting to all, and proactively seeking and engaging non-traditional partners.

Shared Ownership

Fostering shared responsibility, collaborative decision making, and participation so all voices have impact.

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Sectors of the Food System

Extension is using the framework below to help organize the work we are doing across the food system. Click on each to find resources and learn more about our partners and programs.

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Resource Management

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