Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor Cropping Systems Specialist

Position Description

The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Oklahoma State University is seeking applicants for an 11-month, tenure-track, 75% extension and 25% research position to lead in planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs to meet the needs of producers for improving existing production systems and adopting new cropping systems technologies, with initial emphasis on the transfer of canola production technologies to Oklahoma stakeholders. Continue reading

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The Last Food Mile Conference

December 8-9, 2014
Philadelphia, PA, USA

  • 133 billion lbs (31%) of available food is lost annually in the U.S. retail and consumer levels alone
  • $161 billion retail value for the annual food loss
  • 49 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 16 million children
  • Wasted food squanders our resources: land, water, energy, nutrients, biodiversity, results in pollution and increased food costs
food waste

(photo thanks to Steve Finn)

Sustainably feeding 7 billion people now and 9 billion by 2050 is a daunting challenge.  Reducing massive amounts of food waste is critical toward building sustainable food security in the world.

In an era of growing demand for more food, coupled with escalating production and environmental cost, dwindling natural resources, and international unrest, tackling food wastage is paramount to our future.

Conference Features

Waste occurs at the farm, the processing plant, the store, and the home. This conference will bring together experts from national and international, academic and industrial, public and private sectors, to discuss:

  • Where food losses occur along the food supply chain, why, and how much
  • What food waste reduction measures work effectively, lessons learned and barriers encountered
  • What policies and interventions are critically needed for moving forward

Who Should Attend

food waste strawberries

(photo thanks to Steve Finn)

Educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, corporate sustainability officers, government or NGOs personnel, concerned citizens…  All who are interested in solving the massive problems of food loss and food waste.

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The Inaugural International Food Security Initiative Lecture: Presented By Gerald Nelson

On September 8, 2014, in the Monsanto room at the College of ACES Library, Gerald Nelson will present the first International Food Security Initiative Lecture from 4 to 5 pm.

Gerald Nelson is Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jerry was the principal author of the report “Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate” released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in May 2014. He most recently served as a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC where he coordinated its climate change research, led the policy analysis activities of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security, and was the principal investigator on major projects on food security and climate change issues funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the German and British aid agencies. Continue reading

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iSEE Congress 2014: Come hear “Peak food?” by Andrew Revkin

On Sept. 30, famed New York Times DotEarth blogger Andrew Revkin will visit campus to kick off iSEE’s first annual Congress, titled “Feeding 9 Billion: A Path to Sustainable Agriculture.”

Revkin will talk about “paths that give the best chance of limiting harmful impacts of humanity’s appetites on the planet and ourselves in a world heading toward 9 billion people seeking decent lives. I will explore food frontiers from the Amazon to the Caribbean, the meat lab to the farmers market.”

Revkin is one of 22 speakers — leading world scholars — iSEE is bringing in to discuss sustainable agriculture during the three-day conference. For more on the Congress, visit iSEE’s website here. You may register for FREE here.

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The State of Food Waste: Gleaning, and Other Ways to Help

After interviewing Jack Paxton for my last article, I had the same thought I know many others have had: “Wow. Maybe I should start thinking more about what I throw away. But how?” I went looking for solutions, maybe to tag them onto the end of the article, but felt like they merited their own piece, and so I turned this into a series, which I’ll probably post a few more articles in over the coming months. Continue reading

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WEBINAR: “Evaluation for Transformation”: A Cross-Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School

“Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross-Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School” provides common language for defining farm to school core and supplemental elements, guidance on program articulation, a comprehensive literature review of farm to school and farm to preschool outcomes, priority outcomes, indicators and measures for the four sectors of public health, community economic development, education, and environmental quality, and evaluation resources and tools. The webinar will introduce the different components of the framework, and highlight how different users can use it effectively for their unique needs.

DATE: August 26, 2014 

TIME: 12 – 1 p.m. Central Time


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The State of Food Waste: Freeganism

wJack turbin 8334Jack Paxton is a UC Davis alumnus, professor emeritus of UIUC, teacher at UC-San Diego, and looks every bit the part of a respectable academic. Yet he’s trying to get
ordinary people to talk about a topic that many consider the territory of young hippies – freeganism. Freeganism is a lifestyle based on minimizing consumption and waste. In part, this means what  calls “waste reclamation” – something I, Paxton, and most Americans refer to as “dumpster diving.” Continue reading

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Application Open for “Preparing a New Generation of Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Farmers”

first logoAspiring Illinois farmers, new growers with less than five years’ experience, commodity farmers interested in diversifying to include fruit or vegetable production, and high school and community college agriculture teachers are invited to apply now for the next session of a free training program offered through the University of Illinois crop sciences department. Continue reading

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Native Seeds/SEARCH is Seeking a New Executive Director

Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the 30-year old nonprofit conservation organization into its next phase. Please download the E.D. job description (PDF) for additional information. The salary for this position will be in the $60,000–70,000 range. Interested individuals should submit a written statement of interest, not to exceed two pages, along with a CV or resume, to:


Native Seeds/SEARCH
c/o Cynthia Anson, Chair of Search Committee
3584 E River Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85718

Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2014 (note extended deadline).

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Job Opportunity: Managing Director of Programs with Sustainable Conservation

Sustainable Conservation (located in San Francisco, CA) seeks a strategic, image001collaborative, and highly organized Managing Director of Programs with a track record of success in leading teams to achieve tangible results. The Managing Director will have significant responsibility within the organization in providing oversight and guidance to all of its program areas. He/she will partner with Sustainable Conservation’s Executive Director to ensure the achievement of our ambitious programmatic goals and position the organization for continued growth and success, while preserving its culture of collaboration and partnership. The Managing Director will bring strong leadership and management skills to guide program directors and staff on our existing portfolio of projects. He/she will also help identify and shape new initiatives both programmatically and geographically. This is an ideal opportunity for a strategic senior manager who enjoys mentoring others in an entrepreneurial environment that fosters new approaches, ideas, and solutions. The ideal candidate will have both nonprofit and for-profit experience and a good grasp of California’s environmental and agricultural issues. The Managing Director of Programs will report to the Executive Director.

Organization history, qualifications, and other information can be found on their website.  

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