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SPREAD THE WORD AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

FOR SOUTHERN SAWG'S CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK!

The Southern SAWG team has created some fun ways for you to engage your social media followers with all of the activities at the Southern SAWG Conference in Little Rock!. Check out this link: https://www.ssawg.org/social-media-storm

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Amanda Hodges
Southern SAWG Board of Directors Opportunity

The Southern SAWG Board of Directors is accepting applications for consideration of Board appointment. We would like to appoint three to five additional Board members to help strengthen, grow, guide, and support the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in achieving our mission. The term for this appointment will be from July 2019 to July 2022.

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Amanda Hodges
SSAWG - Executive Director Position Description

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Southern SAWG) is seeking to hire an entrepreneurial, visionary leader and fundraiser to serve as Executive Director. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading the organization in its work of increasing the collective power of the sustainable agriculture movement in 13 southern states by building knowledge, awareness, and community among farmers and their key partners.

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Amanda Hodges
Latest Meat Scare –Another Good Reason to Go with Local and Organic Producers

Did you read the latest scare about our meat supply from Consumer Reports?  It cites some USDA data about banned drugs in our meat supply and calls into question (once again) the safeguards we have in place to monitor that supply.  USDA has dismissed the report because the data shared was actually preliminary and not a truthful representation of the facts and claims that Consumer Reports real agenda is to get folks to reduce their meat consumption.

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Amanda Hodges
The Adventures in Coming Home...

After living out of state for many years, several years back I found myself moving back home where I grew up on a small tobacco farm in a rural agriculture based community. There my family had raised several acres of tobacco each season to help add to my parents’ ‘real job’ incomes.  Working in tobacco was something many in my family did…on Mom’s side and on Dad’s.  Most of the neighbors around, all grew tobacco too.

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Amanda Hodges
Rural Oklahoma Pushes Back On Big Chicken

I prefer promoting local, organic foods, but lately I’ve been working with Emily Oakley and Mike Appel from Three Springs organic farm in Oaks, Oklahoma on a chicken house threat to their farm. We led a huge citizen outcry, joined by many organizations and the Cherokee Nation and shut it down in 3 weeks. Maybe you read the news article published in our newsletter last month.

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Amanda Hodges
Sheep for the Small Southern Farms -- May I Help Ewe?

Sheep are an oft overlooked small farm livestock enterprise in the South where beef cattle seem to dominate the pasture landscape.   A couple of weeks ago I participated in the University of Kentucky’s Sheep Profit school and the keynote speaker of the evening, Warren Beeler,  noted in his presentation that sheep are really just like little beef cows.

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Amanda Hodges