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March 3, 2016
"Whoever is in Christ is a new creation.
The old order has passed away; now all is new!"
2 Corinthians 5:17    

New Communications Manager for CRL 
CRL welcomes Cari Donaldson

We are happy to announce that Cari Donaldson is our new Communications Manager as of March 1. She will coordinate social media, produce our magazine and other publications, and develop a communications strategy to better spread word of our mission.
Cari will work from her homestead in Willington, Conn. She lives on a diversified farm with her husband and six children. Besides home-schooling their kids, they run a CSA and help bridge their community's gap between consumer and farmer.
Learn more about Cari here. 

Jim Ennis to Address NFU Convention 
"Vocation of the Agricultural Leader" to be his topic
This weekend, Jim Ennis will address farmers attending the annual National Farmers Union convention taking place this year in Minneapolis. He will make his remarks during the opening banquet and talk about the vocation of the agricultural leader and our Faith, Food & Environment project during the opening banquet, Saturday evening, March 5.

The NFU convention runs through March 5-8. Select presentations and highlights from the convention can be downloaded at this link. (We'll let you know if Jim's presentation is posted!)
During the Sunday morning opening session, NFU will make a p osthumous presentation of their Meritorious Service Award to former CRL executive director, Brother David Andrews. He passed away last January at age 70 after a period of failing health, but is remembered for his long-time support of family farmers and his strong voice for rural life and social justice.
Agricultural Issues & Priorities for 2016  
Gearing up for advocacy, education resources  
CRL is preparing information and other educational resources as we join with others to advocate for nutritious food and sustainable agricultural programs during this year's federal legislative agenda. As always, we work closely with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in supporting Child Nutrition and other food programs for vulnerable groups.

With respect to agriculture, we will focus on necessary funding for conservation programs, support for socially-disadvantaged farmers and support for small and mid-sized farm operations. Our Ethical Food & Agriculture webpage will provide more details as we move forward in 2016. Please check back often in the coming weeks! 

Seeking New Project Coordinator  
Position opening for CRL headquarters in St. Paul
CRl has an opening for a Project Coordinator/Administrative Assistant who will be responsible for providing logistical support at our main office in St. Paul, Minn. D uties include coordinating various meetings & events, working the development department with outreach & grants, and managing membership & annual appeals.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by Friday, March 11.

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