D. Discussion Items
1. Dane County Pandemic Food System Study
Wrapped up data gathering process. Will share preliminary recommendations with liaison
team (Dan Cornelius, Bill, Jess, Marcia, Yusuf Bin-Rella, Yimmuaj Yang, Mariela
Quesada Centeno); final report/presentations in Feb 2023. Looking to get in front of food
councils, Dane County Board, Madison Common Council; also create summary materials
for general public (in multiple languages).
2. 2023 USDA Regional Food System Partnership (RFSP) grant & fundraising
- Dane County Food Plan budget amendment - approved by Personnel & Finance Cmte
last night (11/1) for full $62,500; next step is for County Board to vote on full budget
starting Mon 11/7.
-Divide up tasks for RFSP application planning, before 12/7 meeting - info to come via
email. Review grant categories to apply for, review previously-funded/completed projects,
consider potential partners.
3. Dane County food system concept paper
On hold for now; await Sift materials coming in Feb 2023.
4. North Central SARE Professional Development grant
a. Michigan State’s 2021 food system plan grant
b. Michigan State created a Michigan Good Food Charter:
5. USDA grant opportunities; statewide communication & partnerships
a. Urban Ag and Innovative Production Grant:
6. Farm Bill 2023
a. USDA grants are not consistent with match and what the match is; cash vs in kind.
–Jess will keep the group posted about the Food Plan county budget amendment
F. Future Meeting Items and Dates
Next meeting: Weds, 12/7 @3pm (zoom)
Jess can send out different pieces of the RFSP RFA for the team to look over (as Marcia
G. Such Other Business as Allowed by Law
A motion was made by KEMBLE, seconded by CATON CAMPBELL, that the
Meeting be adjourned. The motion carried unanimously.