The Washoe County Food Policy Council is looking forward to a productive 2018 addressing food issues most important to those in northern Nevada. Tell us what you would like to see addressed in the comments below.
Happy National Farmers’ Day! Thank you to all the local farmers who farm despite the Great Basins harsh climate. The local food movement wouldn’t be here without you. Visit a farm and know your food.
Check out the updated Reimagine Reno Plan. Implementation strategies are now being added. What food implementation strategies would you like to see in the plan?
This legislative session the WCFPC will focus on the following food and agriculture related bills:
SB429 Establishes provisions relating to urban agriculture.
SB167 Makes an appropriation for the creation and maintenance of school gardens.
AB427 Revises provisions governing eligibility of certain convicted persons for public assistance.
Other Food Related Bills:
SB3 Revises provisions governing the Breakfast After the Bell Program that provides breakfast to certain pupils at public schools.
SB165 Makes various changes concerning the prevention and treatment of obesity.
SB323 Revises provisions governing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
SB446 Makes an appropriation to the Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department of Health and Human Services to fund home-delivered meals.
Rain Water Collection:
AB138 Authorizes the de minimus collection of precipitation under certain circumstances.
SB74 Revises provisions relating to water.
SB134 Revises provisions concerning water.
Interested in learning more about any of the policies above? Attend one of our meetings.
Basin and Range Organics (BAR_O), formed only six months ago, was just awarded its United States Department of Agriculture ‘Certificate’, as an “Accredited Certifying Agency” as of January 26, 2016. Basin and Range Organics, organized as a non-profit organization, may begin granting ‘organic certification’ in four areas: Crops, Wild Crops, Livestock and Handling Operations per guidelines of the National Organics Program.” Previously only two certification areas, “Crops and Handling,” were available in Nevada. Basin and Range Organics formed after the Nevada Ag Council’s decision to drop the Nevada Department of Agriculture sponsored Organic Certification program.
Learn more here: http://basinandrangeorganics.org/