Food Security Conference Features CES Potential, Capacity


The eXtension Community, Local & Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) Community of Practice will host a national Food Security Conference entitled: Building Extension Capacity to Address Community Food Security through Food Systems, September 29 – October 1, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The goal of the conference is to concretely position food security as a priority in food system research and practice, and to enhance Cooperative Extension’s capacity to work on food security and food systems.

Registration is now LIVE for the CLRFS Food Security Conference.
Follow this link to the registration site:

DO NOT REGISTER RIGHT NOW IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT VIA THE SURVEY ( See more information on the survey below. You will need to wait until after the deadline to see if you will receive reimbursement and at that time you will be given a special link to register for the conference. If you haven’t filled out the survey, please do so. You only have until August 22.

Click here to see the current Agenda. The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown, 1100 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115. Phone: 216-658-640. Conference room rate is $111 plus applicable taxes. Parking is $12 for overnight and $5 per day for attendees who are not staying at the hotel.

The hotel block is set up and ready to accept reservations. The Group Code is OSU. You may call the hotel directly (216-658-6400) or call Central Reservations (1-877-782-9444) and give them the group code (OSU) or ask for the OSU AFRI Food Security Conference Room Block. To make your reservations online, go to using the group code.

Organizers have funds to provide partial travel reimbursements for up to 60 participants. The reimbursements are granted on a limited, first-come, first-served basis with a bonus point system. They are available in amounts ranging from $200-$500 per recipient. The deadline is August 22, so hurry and fill out this survey to apply. Conference organizers are striving for diversity among attendees and they are strongly encouraging EVERYONE to apply for a reimbursement.

If you have any questions about the conference , please direct them to Katie Wright (

The Community, Local & Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) goal is
to provide resource materials, training opportunities and collegial interaction for Extension Educators, community-based practitioners, and individuals involved in work related to building sustainable and equitable food systems.