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2019 Ohio Food Policy Summit

Join us for the 9th Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit on Monday, October 28th at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, (2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus) hosted by the Ohio Food Policy Network and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

ABOUT

The Summit will kick-off with a morning workshop – “Redesigning the table: using equity and systems for collective action” – led by Johns Hopkins University’s Food Policy Network that is aimed at strengthening and equipping Ohio’s local food policy councils. This workshop is designed for members of local food policy councils, but anyone who is interested is welcome to register and attend.

The main public event in the afternoon focuses on food and farm policies developing at local, state, and national levels, including challenges faced by farmers, issues of social equity, and food system financing. During the keynote, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will discuss policy initiatives around children, food, agriculture, and health in the state of Ohio.

The main event is open to all who want to see a strong regional food system in Ohio – please share this event widely within your networks!

SCHEDULE

9:00am – 12:00pm      Food Policy Council Workshop
12:00pm – 5:00pm      Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit
5:00pm – 7:00pm        Networking Event 

REGISTRATION

Cost: $25 (click here to register)
Parking and lunch are included.
Scholarships are available.

AGENDA

Registration for the morning session (8:30am9:00am) 

REDESIGNING THE TABLE: USING EQUITY & SYSTEMS FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION (9:00am – 11:30am)

The Food Policy Networks project will be leading a co-learning and sharing workshop on how to integrate equity and systems practices both into food councils’ organizational structures and policy work. Together, we will share and explore specific tangible examples of how food councils are applying systems thinking and equity commitments in practice.

  • Anne Palmer: Program Director, Food Communities & Public Health Program, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • Raychel Santo: Senior Program Coordinator, Food Production & Public Health and Food Communities & Public Health, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

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Registration for the afternoon sessions (11:30am12:00pm)

LUNCH & NETWORKING (12:0012:30pm)

A STATE & NATIONAL VIEW ON FOOD POLICY COUNCILS (12:30pm – 1:15pm)

State and national food policy network leaders will share views on the current moment in food policy, including an update from the Ohio Food Policy Network. The statewide Local Food Hero Award will also be presented during this opening session.

  • Michelle Moskowitz Brown: Chair, Ohio Food Policy Network; Executive Director, Local Matters
  • Raychel Santo: Senior Program Coordinator, Food Production & Public Health and Food Communities & Public Health, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • Jalisa Dawkins: Local Food Systems Strategies Manager, Columbus Public Health

SOCIAL EQUITY IN FOOD SYSTEM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (1:15pm2:30pm)

The development of Ohio’s local and regional food systems will require significant community efforts as well as public and private economic investment. This session will examine the racialized and inequitable history of economic investment and explore innovative and equitable approaches to food business development with a panel of experts and practitioners.

  • Toby Rittner: President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)
  • Dr. Jason Reece: Assistant Professor, City & Regional Planning, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University
  • Melinda Carter: Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) / Columbus Urban League 
  • Tamela F. Walker: MBA, Torlitas, LLC, Owner
  • Hannah Scott: Program Manager, CFAES Center for Cooperatives, The Ohio State University
  • Walt Bonham: Creator/Operator, The Food Lab; Urban Farm Manager/Consultant, North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC); Farmer/Board Trustee, Richland Gro-Op Cooperative Inc.
  • Leslie Schaller: Director of Programs, ACEnet; Business Director and Worker-Owner, Casa Nueva Cooperative

BREAK (2:30pm – 2:45pm)

THE FOOD AND FARM POLICY LANDSCAPE FOR OHIO: HISTORY, WINS, CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES (2:45pm – 4:00pm)

This session will review the “lay of the land” in food and agricultural policy in the state and discuss some of the challenges for farmers as they face increasingly severe weather events.

  • Amalie Lipstreu: Policy Program Coordinator, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
  • Fred Yoder: Farmer/Owner, Yoder Ag Services in Plain City, OH; Chair of The North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance
  • Paul Dorrance: Farmer/Owner, Pastured Providence Farmstead in Chillicothe, OH; Air Force Reservist
  • Caroline McColloch: Farmer/Owner, Chez Nous Farm in Piqua, OH

KEYNOTE SPEAKER —

NEW ADMINISTRATION, NEW OPPORTUNITIES: AN UPDATE ON THE STATE’S GOALS FOR NUTRITION & FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAMS (4:00pm – 5:00pm)

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will share the Governor and First Lady’s vision for better nutrition for Ohioans and how state agencies will work together to accomplish those goals.

    • Cathy Corbitt: Deputy Director of Children’s Initiatives, Ohio Department of Agriculture
    • Additional agencies to be announced

NETWORKING EVENT (5:00pm – 7:00pm)

Networking Event sponsored by The Ohio State University’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT).

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2018 Ohio Food Policy Summit: Developing and Financing Food Systems

Join us for the Eighth Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit, on Monday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, hosted by the Ohio Food Policy Network and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

ABOUT

This year’s summit will focus on the financing, investment, and economic development potential of local food systems, with discussions centering around a recent report released by the Federal Reserve entitled “Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities.” This national framework will be applied to discussions on financial resources available for local and statewide efforts, exploring how it can be harnessed to build food systems and how to leverage the economic development potential of local food in Ohio. This event is dedicated to connecting food council members, policy-makers, finance and economic development specialists and all other stakeholders who want to see a strong regional food system in Ohio.

REGISTRATION

Cost: $20 (click here to register)
No charge for undergraduate students with valid ID.
Scholarships are available.
Parking and lunch are included.

AGENDA

WELCOME (10:00am – 10:15am)

  • Jill Clark, Associate Professor, OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • Amalie Lipstreu, Policy Program Coordinator, Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association
  • Beth Knorr, Director, Summit Food Coalition

HARVESTING OPPORTUNITY: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (10:15am – 11:15am)

  • Andrew Dumont, Senior Community Development Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank
  • Debbie Tropp, Deputy Director, Local Food Research and Development Division, AMS, USDA

Panelists will discuss the use of local and regional food strategies, and the drivers behind them, to advance community and economic development goals.

BREAK (11:15am – 11:25am)

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS (11:25am – 12:30pm)

Session 1A:  BASICS OF FOOD SYSTEMS FINANCING

  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies  
  • Ryan Kozak, Managing Director & Group Head of Public Finance, Huntington Capital Markets and Founder & Board Chair, Food Conscious

Development finance is the efforts of local communities to support, encourage and catalyze expansion through public and private investment in the physical development, redevelopment and industry. Come to this session to learn the terms and the opportunities of using development finance for our food system.

Session 1B:  SUCCESSFULLY-FUNDED NON-PROFIT FOOD PROJECTS

  • John Garofalo, Vice-President, Community Investment, Akron Community Foundation
  • Beth Knorr, Director, Summit Food Coalition
  • Susan Beaudry, Director of Programs, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation
  • Carrie Carson, Food Partners Access Coordinator, Appalachian Accessible Food Network

During this session we will hear from successfully funded food-related nonprofit projects in Ohio, how those investments came about, the current status of each project, and how to build successful funder relationships.

Session 1C:  LOCAL FOOD, LOCAL DOLLARS: INVESTING IN OHIO’S VALUE CHAIN

  • Andrew Dumont, Senior Community Development Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank
  • Debbie Tropp, Deputy Director, Local Food Research and Development Division, AMS, USDA
  • Brian Williams, Principal, Local Nexus

Continue the conversation from the morning panel, with a focus on Ohio. We begin by asking: What are the missing services in Ohio? How should we go about developing a holistic plan to address gaps? How do we get local, regional, and state buy-in?

LUNCH (12:30pm – 2:00pm)

OPEN NETWORKING (12:30pm – 1:15pm)

FARM BILL AND FOOD SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT (1:15pm – 2:00pm)

  • Jonathan McCracken, Legislative Aide for Senator Sherrod Brown

This session will provide an overview of the current status of the 2018 Farm Bill negotiations, highlight the Local Agriculture Market Program which includes Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program as well as the new Regional Food Economy Partnership and speak to the role of food councils and advocates in shaping and reconstituting local and regional food systems.

HISTORY MATTERS: UNDERSTANDING THE LEGACY OF INSTITUTIONALIZED DISINVESTMENT ON COMMUNITY HEALTH (2:00pm – 2:30pm)

  • Jason Reece, Assistant Professor, OSU Knowlton School, City and Regional Planning

Why do we see such stark differences between neighborhoods? A hidden history of structural discrimination has shaped today’s geography of opportunity. The talk will discuss the factors shaping this landscape and how our history should inform contemporary community building.

BREAK (2:30pm – 2:40pm)

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS (2:40pm – 3:45pm)

Session 2A:  DO YOU WANT TO JOIN A STATEWIDE FPC ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN?

  • Amalie Lipstreu, Policy Program Coordinator, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
  • Carol Smathers, Field Specialist, Youth Nutrition and Wellness, OSU Extension
  • Beth Knorr, Director, Summit Food Coalition
  • Tevis Foreman, Director, Produce Perks Midwest

Join the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council and issue leaders from Columbus to discuss creating a statewide food policy advocacy agenda. Michaela Oldfield, Director of the GCRFPC, will present a platform proposal and framework for developing statewide collective work. The issue leaders will briefly review what their organizations’ interests and capacities are. Then there will be open discussion of if and how FPCs across Ohio can work together to impact policy in the statehouse.

Session 2B:  SUCCESSFULLY-FUNDED ENTREPRENEURIAL FOOD PROJECTS

  • Lela Klein, Executive Director, Greater Dayton Union Co-op Initiative and Board Member, Gem City Market
  • Shaun Hamilton, System Director of Community Benefits, Premier Health
  • Anne Geggie, Vice President of Lending, Finance Fund

During this session we will hear from successfully funded food-related entrepreneurial projects and funders in Ohio, how those investments came about, the current status of each project, and how to build successful funder relationships.

Session 2C:  EQUITY IN PRACTICE

  • Jason Reece (Moderator), Assistant Professor, OSU Knowlton School, City and Regional Planning
  • Deonna Barnett, Executive Director, INCREASE CDC
  • Melinda Carter, Columbus Director, Minority Business Assistance Center
  • J. Averi Frost, Executive Director, Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Jerome Jones, Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center

Continue the conversation from lunch! Learn about equity in practice and access to financing for socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

BREAK (3:45pm – 4:00pm)

OHIO’S FOOD SYSTEM FINANCING AGENDA (4:00pm – 5:00pm)

  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO of Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Gubernatorial Candidates, invited

Our last plenary session is the start of a food system financing agenda for Ohio.

ADJOURN (5:00pm)