Research, Education & Extension


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 […]

2012 Census Drilldown: Minority & Women Farmers

June 3, 2014

What does the new ag Census reveal about women and minority farmers across the country?

Funding Available to Support Integrated Pest Management Efforts

May 30, 2014

On Wednesday, May 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of more than $16 million in funding for fiscal year 2014 to address critical integrated pest management (IPM) needs.  Applications for funding are due June 19, 2014. IPM is a science-based, decision-making process that allows […]

2012 Census Drilldown: Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

May 28, 2014

What does the new ag Census reveal about the next generation of farmers and the future of agriculture?

Senate Appropriators Pass 2015 Agriculture Funding Bill

May 22, 2014

What’s in the Senate bill for beginning farmers, food safety training, sustainable agriculture research, and rural communities?

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

Busy Week Ahead for USDA Funding in 2015

May 16, 2014

Next week is a big week for agriculture appropriations.  On Tuesday, May 20, both the House and the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees will debate and almost certainly pass their respective agriculture funding bills for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  The full Senate Appropriations Committee will then take up the agriculture appropriations bill on Thursday, May 22.  […]

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. […]

2012 Census Drilldown: Conservation and Energy

May 8, 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 first in a series of drill down posts, looking at particular themes from the Census. To view the other posts in this series, […]

2012 Agriculture Census Released

May 2, 2014

The new agriculture census reveals trends about the growth in organic and sustainable food systems over the past five years.

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