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  Learn more about the benefits and challenges of local food production at the “Connecting Through Local Foods” conference, March 28-29, at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. The conference will feature keynote speaker Gary Paul Nabhan, and cover topics from seed saving to farm bills, and marketing to alternative pest control. For more information, call 208/732-6401 or e-mail [email protected]

Head to Leavenworth, Wash., for the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival on March 28-31. The festival line-up includes more than 20 films, including Doug Hawes-Davis’s This is Nowhere, about Wal-Mart, Valley in the Crossroads, a look at California’s Central Valley, and Empty Oceans, Empty Nets, which examines the world of marine fisheries. For more information, call 306/443-7239 or visit www.hazelfilm.org.

The 2003 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum will be held on March 27-28 at the University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo. “Watering Your Future” will include discussions of collaboration, water law, water banking and tamarisk. Call 719/336-9421 or e-mail [email protected]

Denver is hosting the 2003 American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference from March 29-April 2. Hot topics include rural planning and scenic byways, Smart Growth and rural economic revitalization. Call 312/786-6397 or visit www.planning.org.

An essay contest, sponsored by Gallatin Writers Inc., asks college students the question “Where lies the future of the Northern Plains?” More information on the contest and its cash prizes can be found at www.gallatin.org.