Local & Regional Food Systems


Seasonal High Tunnels Support Conservation and New Farmers

June 27, 2014

New updates on how the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative has benefited new farmers and encouraged additional conservation efforts.

New Farm to School Census Shows Steady Growth

June 10, 2014

The updated Farm to School Census website reveals even more school district participation in farm to school programs than initially reported.

Technical Support Available to Strengthen Local and Regional Food Economies

June 9, 2014

On Monday, June 9, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Local Foods, Local Places, a new initiative that will provide direct technical support to rural communities to help them build strong local food systems as part of their community’s economic action plans.  USDA, the […]

Resources Available for a Growing Local Food Movement

June 4, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program recently introduced a new “topic room” titled Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems, which provides valuable resources for individuals working to build strong food-producing communities.  It’s a great one-stop-shop to gather relevant fact sheets, bulletins, webinars, and other educational […]

Low Income Families and Produce Farmers Get a Boost Through Increased WIC Voucher Value

June 3, 2014

Yesterday, June 2, 2014, WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) cash value vouchers (CVVs) for fruits and vegetables for children increased from $6 per month to $8 per month.  This increase, one of several changes announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on March 4, 2014 in its final rule […]

Funding Available for Healthy Food Access Projects

May 29, 2014

On Friday, May 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for Community Development Corporations (CDCs) under the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). HFFI is a tri-agency program administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, HHS, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase […]

New Funds Available to Support Rural Economic Development

May 21, 2014

Apply now! $2.5 million in funding available through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

House Subcommittee Passes 2015 Agriculture Funding Bill

May 20, 2014

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund USDA and FDA programs in 2015

2012 Census Drilldown: Organic and Local Food

May 16, 2014

On May 2, USDA released data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture.  The Census of Agriculture has been conducted since 1840 and currently is collected once every five years.  This is the second in a series of drill down posts, looking at particular themes from the Census that relate to local and regionally produced food and organic agriculture. […]

USDA Seeking Peer Reviewers for Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program

May 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking peer reviewers for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), a competitive grants program which recently announced a request for applications for $30 million in grants for projects supporting direct farm-to-consumer markets and local food enterprises and improving access to fresh, healthy, […]

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