Local & Regional Food Systems


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

New Grant Funding Available to Encourage SNAP Participants to Buy from Local Produce Farmers

September 29, 2014

On Monday, September 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released  its very first request for applications (RFA) for the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives (FINI) Grant program, a new competitive grants program created in the 2014 Farm Bill to improve the health of low-income communities while boosting economic opportunities for […]

Three Vermont Projects Receive USDA Grants to Promote Sustainable Agriculture and Local Foods

September 25, 2014

On September 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development agency announced almost $3 million in awards through the Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) and Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG) programs to promote sustainable economic development in rural regions. Eleven projects in New York, North Dakota, and Vermont received RBEG funding, totaling $1,258,825.  RBOG funding went […]

FDA Revises Draft Food Safety Rules for Farms

September 23, 2014

On September 19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released revised language for two major proposed rules detailing standards for farms that grow fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) and for facilities that process food for people to eat.

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