[permaculture] 7th Generation Research Award Press Release

centerwest centerwest at qwest.net
Tue Mar 19 15:47:41 EST 2002


Subject: 7th Generation Research Award Press Release


Hello all,
This is the Press Release going out today for the call for nominations for
the Seventh Generation Research Award.  Please forward it to all those who
could be interested.
Thanks,
Casey
P.S. A copy of the award application is attached at the bottom of this
message.

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For Immediate Release					Contacts:(541)687-1490
March 19, 2002						Kim Leval or Casey Corbett

    Nominations Sought for 3rd Annual Seventh Generation Research Award

WALTHILL, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs and the Consortium for
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (CSARE) seek people who have
worked, through research endeavors, to develop sustainable food and farming
systems that are practical, productive, and environmentally sound.

Kim Leval, Senior policy analyst with the Center for Rural Affairs and the
Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, wants to
reward innovation.

“This award focuses on the positive. The award presents an opportunity to
recognize some of the heroes in sustainable agriculture and systems research
who are solving complex problems in innovative ways,” said Leval.

The groups are looking for innovative farmers, ranchers, research
scientists, and others to submit nominations for the Seventh Generation
Research Award: a national recognition award.   The award’s purpose is to
recognize people who work to further develop the practice of sustainable
agriculture and:

·	To inspire and encourage development and widespread adoption of
sustainable food and farming systems.
·	To provide national recognition to an individual or group of persons who
has contributed in an exemplary way toward the goal of making U.S.
agriculture more sustainable through research endeavors.
·	To raise awareness of the importance of sustainable agriculture research
for communities, family farms, and the environment.

The deadline for submitting nominations is May 1st, 2002.  The award is
given in the Fall.

Sustainable agriculture and sustainable farming systems research focus on
the concept of working to sustain economic, environmental, and social
resources for the benefit of future generations.  The philosophy and
tradition of the Iroquois people and other North American tribes is to plan
current activities (agriculture, hunting, fishing, etc) with seven
generations (150 years) of beneficiaries in mind.

Fred Kirschenmann, Director  of the Leopold Center for Sustainable
Agriculture at Iowa State University and President of Kirschenmann Family
Farms, received the second annual Seventh Generation Research Award at the
ASA Awards Banquet in Charlotte, North Carolina in October, 2001.  Fred is a
practicing farmer-scientist with a proven track record attesting to his
ability to bridge several domains:  practical needs for a more
ecologically-friendly agriculture; academic needs for interdisciplinary
research strategies in sustainable agriculture; and national needs for
sustainable economic policies that strengthen the entire food and
agriculture system.  In 1976 Fred converted a 3,500 acre grain and livestock
operation into an organic farm, which has been certified as an organic farm
since 1980.  The organic farm is a natural prairie livestock grazing system.
The grazing system combines a nine-crop rotation of cereal grains, forages,
and green manure.

Dr. Charles Francis, recipient of the 1st Annual Seventh Generation Research
Award in 2000, and his colleagues, in response to farmer requests, designed
drive-through strip tests that were more useful than small plots in a
practical farming operation.

To obtain a copy of the award application, please contact Casey Corbett or
Kim Leval at (541) 687-1490 or e-mail us at centerwest at qwest.net   You can
also find a copy of the application form at the Center’s web site -
www.cfra.org

Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit
organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and
ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing
social, economic, and environmental issues.

The Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education is a
diverse set of institutions and individuals working together to create an
agricultural research and education system that serves the common good today
and to the seventh generation. Contact  CSARE’s website - www.csare.org
							-  -

:::::::::::::::AWARD APPLICATION:::::::::::::::::::::::::::

3rd Annual
Seventh Generation Research Award

A National Recognition Award sponsored by

the Center for Rural Affairs (CRA)
and the
Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (CSARE)



Purpose of the Award

The annual Seventh Generation Research Award recognizes innovative family
farmers, ranchers, research scientists, educators or others who have
conducted research to further sustainable food and farming systems that are
practical, productive, and environmentally sound. Specifically, the purpose
of this Award is to further the specific objectives listed below.

·	To inspire and encourage development and widespread adoption of research
that furthers a more sustainable food and farming system.

·	To provide national recognition to an individual or group of persons
(farmers, ranchers, research scientists, educators or others) who has
contributed in an exemplary way toward the goal of making U.S. agriculture
more sustainable through research endeavors. For example, the recipient of
the 2nd annual Seventh Generation Research Award in 2001 was Dr. Fred
Kirschenmann at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa (view
his story at www.cfra.org).  The Award Recipient of the 1st annual Seventh
Generation Research Award in 2000 was Dr. Charles Francis.

·	To raise awareness of the importance of sustainable agriculture research
for communities, family farms, and the environment.


Selection Criteria

A nominee for the Award must be an individual or group of persons (farmers,
ranchers, research scientists, educators or others) who has contributed in
an exemplary way toward the goal of making U.S. agriculture more sustainable
through applied or basic research.  Research endeavors on the farm, in the
lab, or other site are eligible.

Eligibility of each nomination will be evaluated based on the following set
of guiding questions:

1. Does the research take a long=term approach that practices conservation
of resources and diversity?
2.  Does the research help to sustain economic, environmental and social
resources for future generations?
3.  Is the research based on an equitable and participatory vision of
agricultural and community development?
4.  Does the research incorporate farmer/rancher-generated innovations
and/or on-farm trials?
5.  Does the research seek solutions to real world problems now inhibiting
the attainment of the goals of sustainable agriculture?
6.  Does the research honor the inter-connectedness of living things,
ecosystems and human communities?
7.  Does the research add to agricultural knowledge and solutions at a
local, state, regional, national or international level?

In addition to submitted materials and the above guiding questions, the
award selection committee will use the following definitions of sustainable
agriculture and sustainable farming systems research to guide their
selection of awardees.

Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable agriculture is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially
just, culturally appropriate, and based on a holistic scientific approach.
It is a long-term approach to agriculture that practices conservation of
resources and diversity (Agriculture Reconciliation Act of 1990).
Sustainable agriculture is an ongoing process where current generations work
to sustain economic, environmental and social resources for the benefit of
future generations.  Sustainable agriculture is a model of social and
economic organization based on an equitable and participatory vision of deve
lopment.

Sustainable Farming/Ranching Systems Research
Incorporating farmer-generated innovations and practical experience from
on-farm trials, sustainable food and farming systems research embodies a
holistic approach that combines science with practical ways to sustainably
produce wholesome food and fiber for present and future generations.  In
seeking solutions to real-world problems, the sustainable farming systems
paradigm honors the inter-connectedness of the many components of living
things, ecosystems and human communities.

Deadline:  May 1, 2002

Nomination Requirements

Nominations for the Seventh Generation Research Award must include:

1.	The name, address, and phone number of the nominees. In order to be
considered you must be nominated by someone other than yourself.

2.	A brief statement (no more than one page) explaining how the nominee’s
research meets the criteria stated in the questions and definitions above.
This statement should be dated and signed by the nominator.

3.	Nominators must include an abstract (s) or an outline (s) of completed or
ongoing research, on the farm, ranch, research lab or other site(s).  The
abstract/outline must include findings, even if preliminary, and/or research
outcomes.  The inclusion of recent and pertinent publications is also
encouraged.

4.	A brief resumé or CV for each individual included in the nomination. For
farmers/ ranchers, a paragraph or two about the farm/ ranch and research
goals suffices.

5.	If the nominator   is not a farmer/rancher, a letter (s) of support from
a farmer (s) or rancher (s) will be helpful, but is not required.

6.	Name, address and phone number of nominator, and signature.

7.	Self-nomination will no longer be accepted.


Nomination packets should be mailed to the following address:

Center for Rural Affairs
7th Generation Research Award
963 Fillmore Street
Eugene, OR 97402

For further information about the Seventh Generation Research Award, please
call Casey Corbett or Kim Leval at (541) 687-1490, or e-mail us at
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