WNC Food Policy Council to Host Regulatory Listening Session for Local Farmers and Growers

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The WNC Food Policy Council and the NC Sustainable Local Foods Advisory Council are co-sponsoring a regulatory listening session for WNC farmers Monday, October 22, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held on the campus of Western Carolina University in Blue Ridge Hall, Conference Room A.

This meeting allows WNC farmers the opportunity to meet with representatives of the statewide Local Foods Council and experts from North Carolina’s agricultural and regulatory community to share issues, ask questions, and advocate for new policies that affect agricultural development in WNC. The session will help create a list of policies and regulations that will help address barriers and obstacles to stronger, healthier local food economies in the seven western counties for local food production and distribution.

The WNCFPC is hosted by WCU’s Public Policy Institute, and members include representatives from the seven western counties (Macon, Swain, Jackson, Haywood, Clay, Cherokee, and Graham). The goals of the council are to address food insecurity and strengthen the local food economy in WNC.

This session is one of several held in various regions of the state to allow the NC Sustainable Local Foods Advisory Council to hear feedback directly from farmers and growers about how best to increase local food in local markets.