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ROC President Calls For A Farm Bill That Clearly Meets Public Needs, National Press Club, Washington DC
The Farm Foundation, a nonpartisan advocate for sound agriculture policy, hosted a Farm Bill Forum at the National Press Club in Washington DC. Former Texas Congressman Charlie Stenholm moderated the panel that included Michael R. Dimock, Joe Outlaw of Texas A&M, Jon Scholl formerly of American Farmland Trust, Helen Jensen of Iowa State and Kip Tom … Continue reading ROC President Calls For A Farm Bill That Clearly Meets Public Needs, National Press Club, Washington DC
ROC President Michael R. Dimock has taken an unusual position on the House Farm Bill passed yesterday. He does it for a reason. Many of ROC’s allies working on the CA Food Policy Council and in NGO community are lamenting the House Bill. Dimock’s points out that there is a huge shift afoot and it … Continue reading A Game-Changer for the Farm Bill and SNAP
The Senate debate for a 2013 Farm Bill has already begun. Once again we have a chance to weigh in on our nation’s food and farm policy. Join us as we get our food and farm system back on track with much-needed reforms. Call Your Senators Today! Join us as we work to ensure we … Continue reading May 22 Farm Bill Action Alert
Unless the Senate acts to fix the situation next week, 2013 is on track to be the worst setback for sustainable agriculture in years. Critical programs that boost rural economic development, leverage local initiatives and support future American farmers are in danger of disappearing completely. However, because of the debate on the continuing resolution and … Continue reading Our Best Chance to Support Critical Ag Programs
On March 4, 2013_ at the Florida International University, in Miami, Roots of Change President, Michael Dimock, delivered the keynote for the School of Environment Arts and Society’s Agroecology Symposium. Thank you for this opportunity to consider this vitally important issue of food security and the next green revolution. I believe the future of the … Continue reading Food Security and the Next Green Revolution?
February 15, 2013 — The Sacramento Region Food System Collaborative (FSC) held a regional Food Summit, State of the Regional Food System: Local Innovations. The SFSC sought to: Bring together community stakeholders on a shared vision for agriculture and food. Share a pathway for a sustainable food system through the Sacramento Region Food System Charter. … Continue reading Assemblymen Roger Dickinson presents resolution to the Sacramento Food System Collaborative
This holiday season we want to thank our network and their incredible accomplishments! Thank you for being a part of our ROCkstar community committed to a healthy, vibrant, equitable and sustainable food system. Toward better food and farm policies Making fresh affordable The California Food Policy Council The California Farmers Market … Continue reading Happy Holidays
The election frenzy is over and the stage is set for accelerating the changes we need for California’s food and farming future. Both the Assembly and Senate have powerful progressive majorities to set future focused food policy agendas. In addition, both arms of the Legislature have formed “Select Committees” dedicated to local, organic and sustainable … Continue reading Help Transform California Food Policy
Slow Food International Congress Adopts Statement in Support of California’s Proposition 37, To Label GMOs
October 29, 2012 Turin, Italy — ROC President, Michael R. Dimock, introduced the following motion at the Slow Food International Congress in Turin, Italy. 650 delegates representing 95 nations unanimously adopted the motion. Slow Food founder, Carlo Petrini, gave an impassioned closing speech in which he emphasized the critical nature of this California vote. He said that … Continue reading Slow Food International Congress Adopts Statement in Support of California’s Proposition 37, To Label GMOs
The newly formed Senate Select Committee on California Food, in conjunction with the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry, held their first hearings in Santa Rosa on Monday, October 15. The Committee Chairs Senator Noreen Evans and Assemblymember Mariko Yamada invited ROC President Michael Dimock, to provide opening testimony that would set context for … Continue reading Update: Legislative Hearing on Sustainable Food and Wine