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"Y'all are red hot," declared Gov. Beverly Perdue while addressing more than 400 participants at the CEFS' May 2009 Farm to Fork Summit. "You are beginning to change the tide, directing the links between local agriculture, jobs and the economy. Finally," she added, "people across the state and the country are beginning to realize you are red hot."

Governor Beverly Perdue





"Jennifer Curtis has an exceptional grasp of the problems facing agriculture. Her breadth of knowledge and keen insight, as well as her management, interpersonal and writing skills played a crucial role in the development of our successful, multi-million dollar, and multi-state grant proposal to address critical pest management needs in sweetpotato production. Jennifer's talents as a meeting facilitator played a key role in enabling the many, diverse project participants to reach consensus on research and outreach priorities. Without her, this project would not have been funded."

George G. Kennedy
Wm. Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology
North Carolina State University


Partnership Development

Partnerships strengthen project design, increase the likelihood of funding and ensure the applicability of results. Creating and maintaining successful partnerships requires leadership, enthusiasm, patience, and a commitment to open communication and group decision-making.

Building North Carolina's Sustainable, Local Food Economy

During 2008-2010, Curtis Consulting played a leadership role in helping the Center for Environmental Farming Systems facilitate an 18-month, statewide Farm-to-Fork initiative engaging over 1,000 North Carolinians. The goal of the initiative was to identify state and local priorities for action to advance a sustainable, local food economy. Curtis Consulting helped craft funding proposals, facilitate meetings, manage the Advisory Committee, staff Working Issue Teams, facilitate a statewide summit, and conduct media outreach. Funding for the initiative came from the Agricultural Advancement Consortium of the NC Rural Center, the Golden LEAF Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Z. Smiths Reynolds Foundation.

Reducing Risks in Sweetpotato Production Systems

Between 2001- 2007, Curtis Consulting facilitated a regional, multi-disciplinary partnership to develop and implement reduced-risk pest management strategies in sweetpotato production throughout the Southeast. Initially hired by Gerber Products Company (sweetpotatoes are the Company’s #1 selling vegetable), Curtis Consulting conducted a needs assessment, wrote several grants, and developed a partnership amongst growers, crop consultants and land grant researchers and extension personnel in Louisiana, North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. Funds were secured for strategic planning from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 4 Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (see http://pestdata.ncsu.edu/pmsp/pdf/sesweetpotato.pdf) and for project implementation from USDA’s Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program (RAMP).

Working with South Florida Cattle Ranchers to Protect the Everglades

Between 2002 and 2004, Curtis Consulting worked with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to identify strategies for working proactively on agricultural issues in conjunction with its advocacy work on restoring Florida's Everglades ecosystem. In addition to helping secure funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Curtis Consulting conducted a feasibility assessment which included the development of a set of criteria to assess agricultural production systems in south Florida and their
Courtesy of South Florida
Water Management District

compatibility with a restored Everglades ecosystem (see WWF South Florida Agricultural Assessment). Based on the assessment and its recommendations, WWF decided to work with cattle ranchers north of Lake Okeechobee and hired Curtis Consulting to develop a partnership with ranchers around the common goal of improving the economic sustainability of ranching as a regional business and to provide additional water storage and phosphorous clean up to help with Everglades restoration. WWF has now formalized the partnership as the Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Project and has secured over $5 million in funds from federal, state and private sources to explore the potential to create a "market" for the state of Florida to compensate ranchers for providing water storage and phosphorous clean-up.