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Program Roundup — Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program

August 21, 2014

Editor’s Note — Each SARE region operates independently, setting their own policies and priorities. They also solicit proposals and award grants at different times of the year. This is the first in a series of periodic blog posts on the latest happenings in each SARE region as they roll out project solicitations and announce grant […]

Farmers and Ranchers Awarded Value-Added Producer Grants

August 20, 2014

USDA announces $25 million in grants to support farmers and ranchers in developing or expanding value-added businesses and markets.

Release: Grant Awards for Farm Business Development Announced by USDA

August 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eugene Kim, Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 Grant Awards for Farm Business Development Announced by USDA Washington, D.C., August 19, 2014 – Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that over 247 farm businesses from 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Micronesia will receive $25 million in grants from the 2014 round of the Value-Added Producer […]

Planning for the Future: NSAC Members Gather in Montana

August 14, 2014

NSAC members recently gathered in Montana to discuss upcoming federal policy issues facing sustainable farmers

New Local and Regional Food Data Available from USDA Market News

August 13, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced that its free online Market News service will now include reports on local and regional food markets.  These reports, which are currently limited to a small number of states with more states expected to be added in the coming year, provide pricing and volume […]

Seeking Business Listings for Local and Regional Food Directories

August 12, 2014

Two recent announcements by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)  highlighted the agency’s progress in developing three new directories that will support local and regional food systems and updated data for the already established National Farmers Market Directory. The announcements included steps AMS is taking to launch three new local food directories: the National Community-Supported […]

Senators Seek Clarification on “Waters of the US”

August 1, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, thirteen senators submitted a letter to leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the “Waters of the US” (WOTUS) proposed and interpretive rule.  There has been a lot of attention lately around how the farming community would be […]

USDA Climate Report Misses Sustainable Systems

August 1, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report, Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, which provides scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report is designed to aid […]

USDA Announces Microenterprise Training Awards

July 31, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, USDA announced that it has provided $300,000 in grant funding to each of 10 organizations to provide training and technical assistance to rural micro-entrepreneurs who are seeking to start or grow rural small businesses.  The $300,000 is carry-over funding from previous years, not to be confused with the $1.5 million in […]

White House and USDA Honor Beginning Farmer “Champions of Change”

July 30, 2014

On Tuesday, July 29, the White House honored 15 “Champions of Change” working to build a strong foundation for the next generation of farmers and ranchers.  The champions were also recognized at the U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) on Monday, July 28.  The White House Champions of Change programs honor everyday Americans doing extraordinary things […]

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