Local & Regional Food Systems


New Year, New USDA Farm to School Webinars

January 20, 2015

Farm to school activities connect school children with healthy foods from local farmers. These efforts include bringing locally produced food into school cafeterias, integrating lessons in agriculture, food, and nutrition into the school day, and establishing school gardens. Farm to school also provides new economic opportunities for local farmers, ranchers, and fishers. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) supports […]

Institute of Medicine Releases Food Systems Framework

January 13, 2015

On Tuesday, January 13, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council published A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System to aid in food and agriculture decision making. Sponsored by the JPB Foundation, this report outlines guiding principles and practical steps for stakeholders to weigh the varying tradeoffs associated with the vastly […]

Top 14 of 2014: A Look at This Year’s Key Victories for Sustainable Food and Farming

December 22, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we thought we would take a moment to recognize and celebrate this year’s victories for sustainable food and farming. Among the successes? From new or restored farm bill programs that are up and running, important progress on our campaign priorities, hill visits and hearings, and the release of our […]

Pilot Projects to Boost Local Fruits and Vegetables in School Meal Programs

December 8, 2014

On December 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that eight states have been selected to participate in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables, a 2014 Farm Bill provision allowing pilot states to purchase more produce from local farmers for their school meal programs. California, Connecticut, Michigan, New York, Oregon, […]

Arkansas Farmer Uses VAPG to Bring Back Heirloom Tomatoes

December 8, 2014

Note: This is the third in a three-part series providing a closer look at some of this year’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) award recipients.  To read the other blog posts in this series, click here to read about how one organization used a VAPG award to expand online access to healthy food, and here to learn how […]

Local Food System Community Planning Awards Announced

December 4, 2014

On December 3, the White House Rural Council, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies, announced 26 communities in 19 states chosen to take part in the Local Food, Local Places Initiative.  The new initiative provides technical support to help them develop and implement action plans promoting local food and downtown revitalization. […]

Release: NSAC Comment on Farm to School Award Announcement and Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization

December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014, Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $5 million in grants for 82 projects in 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands through the USDA Farm to School Grant program, which promotes healthy kids through nutritious school meals and snacks incorporating food products from local […]

New Awards Will Strengthen Farm to School Programs

December 2, 2014

Local farmers, food businesses, and schools from 82 farm to school projects across the country received a boost today with the announcement of over $5 million in funding from the Farm to School Grant Program by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack. These grant awards will serve more than 13,000 schools and 2.8 million […]

Which Farms Have to Register with FDA?

November 19, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new proposed food safety rules for food facilities apply to those facilities that are required to register with the government.  Hence the question of who must register as a food facility with the FDA has been central to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rulemaking process since it began […]

Dairy Farmer Uses Grant for Value-Added Cheese Production

November 13, 2014

Note: This is the second in a three-part series providing a closer look at some of this year’s Value-Added Producer Grant award recipients.  To read the other blog post in this series, click here to read about how one organization used a VAPG grant to expand online access to healthy food. Few foods have the […]

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