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W.K. Kellogg Foundation launches interactive site on community and tribal food revolution

W.K. Kellogg Foundation launches interactive site on community and tribal food revolution

BATTLE CREEK, MICH.—The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced the release of its Community Food Innovation website today. The new interactive site showcases community-led projects increasing healthy food access, improving environmental sustainability and building economic opportunities for children and families.

The Community Food Innovation website is based on two reports commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation: “From the Ground Up,” a national scan conducted by the Wallace Center at Winrock in partnership with The Common Market and Changing Tastes, and “Intertribal Food Systems,” a scan of food projects in Indian Country, conducted by the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative. Both reports are available for download.

“We’re thrilled to unveil the interactive Community Food Innovation website, which we hope will serve as a resource to community leaders and grantmakers alike,” said Carla Thompson Payton, vice president for program strategy of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “This site is a space for information and resources on food systems work for those invested in issues of health equity for children, families and communities.”

The website includes feature stories and an interactive map, where you can learn about projects happening across the country. The site also includes information on ways to get involved with local food projects, which the foundation hopes will inspire people to join in creating a more equitable food system.

“We know if we’re to give kids a healthier future, we need to improve the health of the neighborhoods they grow up in – that means making sure parents have access to stable employment, families are economically secure, and healthy, affordable food is readily available,” said Thompson Payton. “All of the projects featured on this site aim to do one – if not all – of these things.”


Deidre Huntington, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit

USDA Plant Pest and Disease Management project suggestions open now

USDA Plant Pest and Disease Management project suggestions open now

Open Period for Fiscal Year 2018 Farm Bill



The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today the start of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 open period for submitting suggestions to implement Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDPP) of the 2014 Farm Bill. The FY 2018 open period will last six weeks from July 10, 2017, through August 18, 2017. There will be $75 million available with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). The open period for submitting NCPN project suggestions will be announced separately.

Please note that for FY 2018, APHIS is piloting an abbreviated format for submitting Goal 1 Survey suggestions for Farm Bill funding. Goal 1 Survey suggestors will log into Metastorm as in previous years, fill out the required Applicant and Cooperator Information, and add a very brief Abstract (one short paragraph). The remainder of the suggestion template is contained in an Excel workbook, which is posted at on the Farm Bill PPDMDPP Website, and upon completion can be uploaded to Metastorm to submit the completed suggestion. We are testing this revised format with the goal of simplifying the Goal 1 Survey suggestion submission and review processes, and are hopeful that a successful pilot will lead to simplifying the entire Farm Bill Section 10007 PPDMDPP submission process in the future.

More information about the FY 2018 open period is posted on the Farm Bill Web site. Questions about the FY 2018 open period should be sent to



The Farm Bill Management Team


Feridoon Mehdizadegan (919-855-7521) – Field Operations

Erich Rudyj (919-855-7447) – National Clean Plant Network

Mike Tadle (301-851-2215) – Policy Management

Ron Weeks (919-855-7297) – Science & Technology

Diabetes in Indian Country Conference coming to Albuquerque

Diabetes in Indian Country Conference coming to Albuquerque

Diabetes in Indian Country Conference

September 19-21, 2017
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM

IHS, Tribal, and Urban SDPI grantees, clinicians, and community health providers will:

  • LEARN the latest information and earn CME/CE credits*
  • NETWORK with other grantees and clinicians
  • SHARE best practices
  • SHOWCASE their successful work in AI/AN communities

*ACCREDITATION: The Indian Health Service (IHS) Clinical Support Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Indian Health Service Clinical Support Center is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

There is no fee to attend this conference. However, registration is REQUIRED. 


Thank you for your interest in attending the Diabetes in Indian Country Conference. Registration has reached maximum capacity. We have created a waiting list and will notify you via email as space becomes available.

To be added to the waiting list, please email Natalie Ceis at with the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • Organization
  • Profession

New information about Chronic Wasting Disease discussed in upcoming webinar

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in collaboration with the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) will be hosting a webinar titled, “First Evidence of Intracranial and Peroral Transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into Cynomolgus Macaques: A Work in Progress.” We invite you to attend and encourage you to share this announcement with your colleagues. Please note that registration is required for this webinar. Registration is free and the details are listed below.


First Evidence of Intracranial and Peroral Transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into Cynomolgus Macaques: A Work in Progress

Monday, July 10, 2017

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern Time



Recently, a team of researchers from Canada and Germany presented new scientific findings on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) at the Prion 2017 conference (see attached abstract). CWD is a prion disease of deer, elk, and moose that causes fatal brain disease in infected animals. While no human cases of CWD have been reported to date, the new study findings showed cynomolgus macaques could be infected through oral inoculation of muscle meat from CWD-infected deer and elk, including some meat from asymptomatic animals. The new study findings raise concerns that humans who hunt or consume meat from infected animals could be at risk for CWD infection.

Dr. Stephanie Czub, will be discussing the new research findings in the webinar. In addition, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will discuss current surveillance strategies for possible human cases of CWD in the United States.

For more information on prions:


Stefanie Czub, DVM, PhD– Manager of the BSE Reference Laboratory and Scientist, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Webinar Registration Instructions:

  • Check the WebEx system requirements before the webinar. Pleasecontact WebEx for webinar troubleshooting.
  • To register, please click here. Once your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

Please contact Meri Phillips ( for any questions regarding the webinar.