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CANCELED: National Rural Grocery Summit @ Manhattan, KS (Hilton Garden Inn)
Jun 8 – Jun 9 all-day
CANCELED: National Rural Grocery Summit @ Manhattan, KS (Hilton Garden Inn)

CANCELED: See this note from the organizers:

“After much information gathering and deliberation among our staff at the Center for Engagement and Community Development, we have decided to cancel the face-to-face National Rural Grocery Summit slated for June 8-9, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas. We are sad to make this decision as we were looking forward to seeing so many of our friends, owners, and partners and hearing about new and cutting-edge ideas regarding rural grocery operations and access to healthy foods.

We are exploring a number of online engagement opportunities to continue to provide important and relevant information for rural grocers and for all those working to improve access to healthy foods. Please stay tuned.”


The Seventh National Rural Grocery Summit will bring together store owners, citizen leaders, food suppliers, academic researchers, healthy food access stakeholders, policy makers, and funders to talk with one another about how best to sustain this critical small business and improve rural access to healthy foods.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact the conference registration office by email or phone (1-800-432-8222).

CANCELED: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Jun 9 @ 9:00 am
CANCELED: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Please note that, in cooperation with efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Kerr Center tour dates for April and May have been canceled.

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

Webinar: CFAP – Specialty Crop Producers @ online
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm
Webinar: CFAP - Specialty Crop Producers @ online

Join this webinar to talk with one of the CFAP National Program Specialists to discuss what specialty crop producers should know to sign up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which ends August 28, 2020.

Also, learn more about the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) process: how to submit additional commodities for consideration to USDA before the June 22, 2020 request for information deadline.

For more information or to register, visit the webinar registration page, or contact FSA by email or phone (877-508-8364).

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