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About the Chat

Nebraska Extension is partnered with the Nebraska Food Council and its members to host an online virtual meeting space for producers and other food system workers. Topics, presenters, dates, and times are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Email to share ideas or make a request.

Goals for the Chat

  • Implement best practices for physical-distancing
  • Implement new ways to reach customers
  • Increase effectiveness of distribution channels and/or aggregation partnerships
  • Help Nebraskans enhance their lives through research-based education

Who Should Connect

Producers who raise food for human consumption who already, or desire to, sell locally/regionally as well as topic-specific experts as appropriate.

What to Expect

The Chat:

There will be four components during the hour

  1. Filter in and enjoy chit chat with a hot or iced beverage

  2. Networking time using virtual break-out rooms

  3. Brief presentation

  4. Q&A and conversation

Chat Follow Up and Next Steps:

When needed, additional meetings will be hosted and facilitated to continue the conversation between smaller groups. Potential call topics will be gathered during each chat for future events. Resources and notes will be shared via email to those on the call and posted online on this webpage.

Chat Archive

September 18, 2020
Nebraska Cottage Foods

Join us as we chat with Nebraska Extension Expert, Cindy Brison, about Nebraska's new Cottage Food Law and what it means for folks making items at home to sell.

July 30, 2020
Rural Stress and Wellness

Many factors create stress and affect our mental and physical well-being. The agricultural economy, natural disasters, and the pandemic are affecting many in the agricultural world. Join experts from Nebraska Extension for a discussion on Rural Stress and Wellness.

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June 26, 2020
Value Added Series: Food Safety

Producers share successes and challenges to interpreting and implementing food safety rules. Do you want to start a value-added arm to your farm business? Need resources for food safety and want to connect with the UNL Food Processing Center?

Speaker: Dr. Bismarck Martinez, Assistant Professor, Food Safety Specialist Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership

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May 20, 2020
Farm to School Connections

Connecting players in the Nebraska food system to bring local produce into schools.


Kayte Partch, Director of National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs and the Summer Food Service Program for the Nebraska Department of Education

Margaret Milligan, Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska

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April 30, 2020
Producer Meetup: COVID-19 Needs

Producers growing food for local sales and consumption are encouraged share their needs and ideas around responding to COVID-19. Do you need to find alternative marketing ideas or are you an online marketing guru? Need resources for food safety on the farm and at markets or have ideas to share?

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