Local & Regional Food Systems


National Farm to School Month Spotlight: Missouri Coalition for the Environment

October 16, 2018

October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to share stories of farm to school (F2S) impact and innovation! This farm to school month, we have even more reasons to elevate F2S success stories because the next farm bill – which includes programs that have significant impact on F2S efforts, such as the […]

$7.5 Million in Farm to School Grant Funds Released in National Farm to School Month

October 8, 2018

Just in time for National Farm to School month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the opening of fiscal year (FY) 2019 Farm to School Grant Program request for applications (RFA). First enacted into law through the 2012 Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, the Farm to School Grant Program helps farmers and healthy […]

Value-Added Agriculture: Creating New Opportunities in an Era of Uncertainty

September 27, 2018

Long before the Trump trade war was propelling the agriculture economy into new realms of uncertainty, many producers were already struggling with persistently low commodity prices. Under the yoke of a depressed agriculture economy, a growing cadre of family farmers have found success with value-added agriculture and tapping into growing markets for organic and local […]

With the Farm Bill’s Future Uncertain, USDA Announces Local Food and Specialty Crop Awards

September 20, 2018

Local and regional food chains have long been part of the social and economic fabric for some American communities. With the American farm economy is in a multi-year downturn and commodity prices at historic lows, interest has peaked and family farmers nationwide are realizing that big economic opportunities can be found close to home. The […]

What’s At Stake: Farm and Rural Business Development

September 17, 2018

Editor’s Note: The 2014 Farm Bill expires on September 30th. If the next farm bill is not finalized before that date, numerous “tiny but mighty” farm bill programs that support family farmers and food-producing communities will effectively shut down in terms of new funding and grant opportunities for fiscal year 2019. These workhorse programs, which […]

COMMENT: Support for Local Food Farm Bill Programs Builds in the House

September 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 202-547-5754, rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net  Support for Local Food Farm Bill Programs Builds in the House NSAC applauds efforts to ensure new LAMP program is included in 2018 Farm Bill Washington, DC, September 11, 2018 – Today, 43 Congress members, led by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME), stood up […]

What’s at Stake: Local and Regional Food Programs

September 10, 2018

Editor’s Note: The 2014 Farm Bill expires on September 30th. If the next farm bill is not finalized before that date, numerous “tiny but mighty” farm bill programs that support family farmers and food-producing communities will effectively shut down in terms of new funding and grant opportunities for fiscal year 2019. These workhorse programs, which […]

Farm Bill Negotiators Hold First Public Meeting

September 6, 2018

Growing a more just and sustainable food and farm system through the farm bill, a massive package of legislation that is passed roughly every five years, is among the main priorities of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). Congressional negotiators just held their first official public meeting to discuss the nation’s next farm bill, which […]

What’s at Stake: Tiny But Mighty Farm Bill Programs

September 4, 2018

Editor’s Note: The 2014 Farm Bill expires on September 30th. If the next farm bill is not finalized before that date, numerous “tiny but mighty” farm bill programs that support family farmers and food-producing communities will effectively shut down in terms of new funding and grant opportunities for fiscal year 2019. These workhorse programs, which […]

LAMP Promises to Brighten Future for Family Farmers

August 31, 2018

With the 2018 Farm Bill moving into conference and the first conference committee meeting now set for September 5, both the House and Senate will have many difficult decisions before them. One decision that should be easy to make is the decision to support our nation’s farmers markets and local and regional food economies. Once […]

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