Local & Regional Food Systems


New Report Finds Farmers Harmed by Decline in Nation’s Public Seed Supply

October 31, 2014

Everything starts with seeds. Sustainable and organic agriculture and local food systems depends on this critical first building block.

Grant Announcement and Webinar on Co-ops and Local Food

October 27, 2014

Following closely on recent announcements about the Rural Business Enterprise Grant and Rural Business Opportunities Grant awards to support small businesses and economic development in rural communities, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced the latest round of grantees for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program (RCDG) on Friday, October 24.  The timing of […]

NSAC member organizations receive Rural Business Enterprise Grants from USDA

October 23, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 50 new Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) for the 2014 fiscal year, including awards for two NSAC member organizations. Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and National Hmong American Farmers (NHAF) each received RBEG awards from USDA’s Rural Development agency.  The announcement follows an earlier […]

Farm to School In Action in the Nation’s Capital

October 10, 2014

Savory, steaming collard greens dished on a lunch plate.  Hefty sweet potatoes being plucked from the ground.  The pungent aromas of bright green herbs as they’re crushed in a mortar.  These were just some of the Farm to School experiences children attending Walker Jones Education Campus and CentroNia Learning Community experienced near the nation’s capital […]

NSAC Member Organizations Partner to Support Specialty Crops

October 9, 2014

On October 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced over $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG) administered through state departments of agriculture. The SCBG program provides state agriculture agencies with resources to support specialty crop growers through research, marketing, and production programs.  This year’s announcement was paired with […]

FarmieMarket Uses Value-Added Producer Grant to Expand Online Healthy Food Access

October 8, 2014

Note: This is the first in a three-part series providing a closer look at some of this year’s Value-Added Producer Grant award recipients. You can buy almost anything online: clothes, books, electronics.  And now, you can add local food to the list. FarmieMarket—an online farmers market in New York’s Capital Region—is bringing local food purchasing into […]

RMA Levels the Playing Field on Premium Subsidies for New Whole Farm Revenue Protection Insurance

October 3, 2014

On October 3, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that premium subsidy levels established for the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance policy will be in line with the premium subsidies available to producers selecting whole-farm units under the Revenue Protection plans of insurance.  If a farmer has two or more crops and meets […]

Farm to School Programs Create New Opportunities for Farmers

October 3, 2014

Guest Blog – Cross posted from the USDA Blog Posted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, on October 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM This October, just like every other month during the school year, school menus will feature an array of products from local and regional farmers, ranchers, and fishermen.  Kids of all ages will dig up lessons […]

New USDA Tools to Help Locate Local Food

October 2, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) unveiled new and updated tools to help consumers, producers, and community leaders find local food sources in their region. As part of the ongoing Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, AMS presented new directories for three different types of local food sources and an updated version […]

Awards Promoting Local and Regional Farmers and Food Systems Announced

September 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced over $32.8 million in awards from three grant programs

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