November 2016
THE DFTA DISPATCH
Food for Thought and Thought for Food

Letter from the National Coordinator
Dear Members and Supporters,

This month we have very exciting news! The 2016 National Domestic Fair Trade Conference: Fair Trade and Racial Justice in Our Agricultural System is now open for registration.  The DFTA Conference will take place on December 9-11, 2016 in Portland, Oregon, with a pre-conference workshop on December 8th.  

For more information about the conference, keep reading, view our press release, or visit our website.

Speaking of websites, the DFTA is proud to announce that we have launched a brand new website and are formally announcing our new logo (featured above).  The goal of this rebranding is to better represent our members and ease access to all of our resources. Learn more about the website launch here and check out the new website!

I look forward to seeing everyone  at our conference  in just over a month.  Till next time-- hopefully in person! 

Sincerely,
  



Erika A. Inwald
National Coordinator

P.S. Don't forget to register for our 2016 National Domestic Fair Trade Conference. You're not going to want to miss it!
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Join Us at the 2016 National Domestic Fair Trade Conference: Fair Trade and Racial Justice in Our Agricultural System !
In an effort to connect stakeholders throughout the agricultural supply chain, the Domestic Fair Trade Association has hosted an annual meeting every year since the birth of the organization. This year, we are taking our annual meeting to the next level and planning a full conference in Portland, Oregon filled with local tours, keynote speakers, panels, workshops, and the presentation of a domestic fair trade award.



The first day of the conference will center on tours highlighting domestic fair trade businesses and organizations in the Portland metro area.  These tours will bring awareness to local businesses and organizations that are committed to domestic fair trade principles.  Many of our past annual meeting attendees have found these tours to be instrumental in creating new connections and sparking fresh ideas of how to improve local, regional, and national food and agricultural systems.

The second day of the conference will include an inspiring keynote speech, 10 educational panels and workshops, and ample opportunities for networking. In the evening, we will host a party to commemorate the winner of our 1st Annual Domestic Fair Trade Award.

The third day of the conference is only open to members of the DFTA (learn more about membership  here ).  Our membership meeting will focus on improving and increasing collaboration among domestic fair trade businesses and organizations and will include annual elections, peer-to-peer development, and a discussion of DFTA strategic planning.

On Thursday, December 8th, Peter Hurst will lead a day-long pre-conference workshop entitled Decent Work in Agriculture and the Global Food Chain: An International Framework. Peter is a long-term consultant for the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  Space is limited in this exciting workshop, so don't miss out and register today! 



This upcoming conference helps farmers, farmworkers, retailers, processors, distributors, manufacturers, advocates, and activists to find and share concrete solutions to improving our agricultural production system. Through this special event, the DFTA is creating the opportunity for organizations and businesses to link their vital work on the ground to the larger goal of a world with more fair trade.

Learn more about the conference on our website!
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Committee Spotlight
Fair Facts Team

Thank you so much to all of the DFTA members who participated in our efforts to provide feedback to Fair Trade USA's revised standards.  This month we're doing it again! 

Fair for Life, an associate member of the DFTA, has now opened up their revised standards for public comment.  These standards will also be used to certify farms and businesses in the United States, Canada, and other countries in the Global North starting in 2017.  The DFTA has convened a committee of members to work on a public comment for these revised standards.  

Our members are currently reviewing the standards and will meet by phone in a couple of weeks.  Interested in helping to shape our public comment?  Email info@thedfta.org today to get started!       

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Sponsor the 2016 National Domestic Fair Trade Conference Today!
It is not too late to support the 2016 National Domestic Fair Trade Conference! We are still accepting sponsorships, so please click HERE for more information on conference sponsorship. Your support will go a long way in making our conference financially accessible for farmworkers, small/mid-size producers, and low-income community members.   Give now via PayPal or by sending a check to the address listed below to help make our conference a success!