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[MARCH 27, 2004]  Locally grown foods will be discussed during the fourth session of a five-part in-service training series for dietitians, home economists and other interested health care professionals. The purpose of this training session is to familiarize health care professionals with the issues surrounding locally grown foods. The teleconference is scheduled for 3:30-5:30 p.m. April 15 at the University of Illinois Extension office at 980 N. Postville Drive.

Both producer and consumer interest in locally grown foods is increasing. Proponents point to many advantages. Transportation costs often associated with nationally or globally marketed produce are diminished. Local produce can add to neighborhood economies and offer them more diversification and stability. And consumers feel more connected to their food supply.

Additionally, produce grown and consumed at the local level can be harvested at peak ripeness, thus offering better taste, which can encourage consumption. Concern over the susceptibility of mass-produced and marketed foods to unintentional food-borne illnesses as well as bioterrorism also is increasing interest in locally grown and marketed foods.

Faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be leading the discussion. Daniel Anderson will explain how local food systems contribute to agricultural sustainability. David Schejbal will tell of the operation and purpose of the Allerton Diversified Farm in growing local produce. Rebecca Roach will discuss strategies to develop markets for locally grown produce. Finally, Robert Reber will discuss the nutritional implications of increasing the availability of locally grown foods.


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The American Dietetic Association has approved two continuing professional education hours of in-service credit for registered dietitians taking this session and two hours of credit for the final session in the series.

There will be a $10 charge for the April 15 class. For more information on this and the remaining session in the series, please call 732-8289.

[News release from the Logan County office
of University of Illinois Extension

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If we tried to invent the cruelest punishment for dogs, we probably couldn't come up with anything worse than "solitary confinement" on a chain or in a kennel.

Dogs are pack animals who crave the companionship of others.  Scratches behind the ears, games of fetch, or even just walks around the block mean the world to them.  Curling up at your feet while you watch TV is their idea of heaven.

Many dogs left to fend for themselves at the end of a chain fall prey to attacks by other animals or cruel people, and many others are injured or hanged or choke as a result of getting entangled or caught in their tether.

If you have a backyard dog, please, bring him or her inside.  They don't want much--just you.

A public service announcement from Lincoln Daily News and

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