Local & Regional Food Systems


House Committee Hearing Highlights Farm to School

April 16, 2015

Guest blog post by the National Farm to School Network. The House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing on Wednesday April 15 to discuss the importance of federal child nutrition programs as the Committee begins an effort to reauthorize these programs within the upcoming Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR). The current bill expires at […]

Upcoming: Organic Working Group Webinar

April 10, 2015

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Organic Working Group will be hosting a webinar on April 29 to showcase a variety of resources for farmers interested in organic. The webinar will take place at 1:00 pm eastern time. The webinar will feature presentations on the process to obtain an organic certification, organic labeling, and […]

FDA Clarifies Facility Rule Exemption for Direct-to-Consumer Sales

April 9, 2015

On April 8, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposed rule to amend food facility registration requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This proposed rule includes a long-awaited clarification to the definition of “retail food establishment,” which has particular importance for farms that sell products through direct-to-consumer marketing platforms. One […]

$31 Million Awarded for Programs Assisting Fruit and Vegetable Purchases by SNAP Participants

April 1, 2015

Today in Orlando, Florida, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced $31.5 million in funding for the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program. FINI grants are awarded to organizations to advance incentive programs to improve the nutrition and health status of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. Authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, FINI is a joint effort […]

Agriculture Funding Debates Continue, Decisions Loom

March 20, 2015

This week and last, the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees continued their examination of the Obama Administration’s budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2016. Food & Drug Administration On Thursday, March 12, Senate appropriators questioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about their increased budget request to support implementation of the Food Safety Modernization […]

Farm to School Resources Released Along with Plea to Participate in Farm to School Census

March 19, 2015

Farm to School programs not only help instill healthy eating habits and agricultural literacy in the next generation, but also support the local farming economy. Whether incorporating food products from local and regional farmers into school meals, providing lessons about agriculture and nutrition, or building school gardens full of vegetables, farm to school programs exist […]

Local Food and Farm to School Funding Available

March 16, 2015

USDA announced $96.8 million for four programs supporting specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs, and farm to school efforts.

Upcoming Deadlines for Federal Farm and Food Grant Programs

March 4, 2015

NSAC has compiled a list of upcoming deadlines for federal grant applications and grant assistance workshops.

Rural Community-based Research Receives $14 Million in Funding

February 27, 2015

Earlier this week, the USDA announced $14 million in funding towards research projects aimed at strengthening rural economies. The awards encompass a wide variety of issues affecting rural communities and small and medium-sized farms including food safety, conservation, marketplace economics, local food systems, and pollinator health. The funding comes from the Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities […]

Good News for Farmers and Kids: Farm to School Bill Introduced

February 25, 2015

Congress will consider the Farm to School Act as part of the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

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