Webinar: “USDA Farm-to-School Grants”


USDA Farm-to-School Grant-Application Process: Engaging Tribal Communities & Producers
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Noon Pacific / 1 p.m. Mountain / 2 p.m. Central / 3 p.m. Eastern

Coming up in the free First Nations Knowledge webinar series is USDA Farm-to-School Grant-Application Process: Engaging Tribal Communities & Producers. This webinar will provide an overview of the FY 2018 Farm-to-School Grant Request for Applications. Learn about the goal of this funding opportunity, eligibility requirements, the application process, and how to set your team up for grant-application success! This webinar is tailored to applicants interested in crafting proposals that will serve Native communities.

Report “Daily Access to Local Foods for School Meals: Key Drivers”

Report on the progress of farm-to-school programs as a way to improve access to local foods for daily meals. Includes examples of successful programs, a discussion of the influence of school location, size, farmers markets, and state policies as impacts on that success, and variation by regional districts.
Additional links: Summary
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service

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Report: Rural America

Rural America at a Glance, 2016 Edition

This report from the USDA Economic Research Service highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on the U.S. rural economy, including employment, population, poverty, and income trends.

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BPC on Congressional Study

usda logoBPC co authored the Feasibility of Tribal Administration of Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs report and was CoPI on this Congressional Study for the United States Department of Agriculture.

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BPC Contributes to Congressional Study

usda logoBowman Performance Consulting contributed to the study Feasibility of Tribal Administration of Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs for the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. The full final report is now available!

Visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/feasibility-tribal-administration-federal-nutrition-assistance-programs to learn more!

Section 4004 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 required a study to determine the feasibility of Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) administering Federal nutrition assistance programs in lieu of State agencies. This study presents broad general findings regarding Tribal interest in administering nutrition assistance programs, ability to administer all or parts of these programs, and potential challenges.

USDA Seeks Applications for $16.8 Million in Grants to Empower SNAP Participants to Make Healthy Eating Choices Due December 16th!

downloadWASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of up to $16.8 million in funding to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables. The funding is available to local, state and national organizations to test incentive strategies to help SNAP participants better afford healthy foods. This is the second round of awards to be made under the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program created by the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will administer the grants.

For more information and to apply click here: http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program

Applications are due December 16, 2015!

Check Out Upcoming Tribal Consultations on Administering Nutrition Programs!

Special September 2014 Tribal Consultation to Discuss Possible Nutrition Assistance Program Administration Changes

IMPAQ International, LLC (IMPAQ) and partners Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) and WRMA (collectively, the IMPAQ team) have been asked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to work with tribal nations and their leadership to determine the feasibility and interest of tribal nation administration of federal nutrition assistance programs, in lieu of state agencies or other administrative entities administering USDA FNS programs. This important study will result in a report to the U.S. Congress in fall of 2015 and may ultimately result in changes in the administration of some nutrition assistance programs based on guidance from tribal leaders. The first part of this process — tribal consultations — is be completed by October 2014.  The IMPAQ team will consult with tribal nations to determine the extent of tribal interest in administering USDA FNS programs, with specific focus on 1) the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 2) the National School Lunch Program, 3) School Breakfast Program, 4) the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, and 5) the Summer Food Service Program. The consultations will enable the IMPAQ team to collaboratively design methods for obtaining input from tribal government or tribal nation leaders about their administration capacity and factors important to tribal nations.

Participation in the study by tribal governments or tribal nations also benefits the community by:

  1. Enabling guidance and feedback on project design and data-collection tools
  2. Enabling tribal nations to voice interest in administering specific programs
  3. Provide insight on how programs can work effectively in tribal communities

The IMPAQ team invites you to participate in the first of a series of formal tribal consultations with tribal nations and their leadership on any of the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014; 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Monday, September 22, 2014; 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

To participate in either consultation, please register at: https://www.research.net/s/TribalConsultation2014

Michelle Obama to Host the 3rd Annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Recipe Contest

White house

Calling all Chefs Ages 8-12!

Calling all young chefs!

First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with Epicurious, the Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture to host the third-annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest.

Kids ages 8-12, with the help of their parents, can take part in the challenge by sending in original lunch recipes that are healthy, affordable, and tasty!

Participating young chefs can use USDA’s MyPlate as a resource to make sure that their recipes meet healthy standards. Each lunch recipe should represent all of the food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up about half of the plate or recipe.

The creators of the best recipes will be invited to D.C. this summer, where they will have the opportunity to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner,” hosted by Mrs. Obama at the White House, where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.

Just last week, the First Lady announced that cooking will be a new focus for Let’s Move!, so start honing those skills and enter the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

The deadline to submit recipes is April 5 — only two weeks away — so if you’re looking for something to do with your kids this weekend, get cooking!

Learn more about the challenge here, or visit recipechallenge.epicurious.com.

Michelle Obama pic

First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Editor Tanya Steel listen as 12-year-old Haile Thomas, last year’s recipe winner from Arizona, introduces Mrs. Obama during the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request Bowman Performance ConsultingBowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028

BPC Works With University of WI-Madison

Project Summary:

BPC provides external grant evaluation to the University of WI-Madison’s (UW) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant.  This 5 year and $5 million dollar project provides a curriculum development process, professional development training, creation of middle school (gr. 6-8) science/culture units, and utilizes community, culture, and local STEM workforce to guide the curriculum development process.  The project seeks to generate more Native and rural students who are interested in STEM careers.  Participating educators and students are able to be part of hands-on and research based STEM clubs (Sustainability Clubs) and research activities with UW and affiliate university research partners.  BPC has provided the leadership with support on IRB protocols, instruments, and approval; has designed and carried out a comprehensive, scientifically rigorous and culturally appropriate mixed-methods evaluation plan; and has implemented two nationally normed research instruments (Stages of Concern Questionnaire  and the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum).  BPC generates an annual evaluation report and also assists with USDA required presentations and reports as needed.

Client Sector:

Higher Education

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Project Term:

2011 – 2015

Bowman Performance ConsultingCustom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting 271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI 54166 ♦ Phone: 715-526-9240 ♦ Fax: 715-526-6028