Rural Development


USDA Finds Rising Income Inequality Is Main Driver of Increasing Rural Child Poverty

May 26, 2016

Nearly a decade after the 2007 recession, the U.S. economy continues to move steadily toward recovery; unemployment has been cut in half (down to 5 percent), and average family incomes have increased 6 percent in just the last two years. By now the slow but rising tide of economic improvement has touched most corners of the […]

A Breakdown of the Senate’s Annual Food and Farm Spending Bill

May 20, 2016

Each year, Congress debates and makes key decisions about federal funding priorities for all government agencies, programs, and initiatives – including programs and resources that support our nation’s farmers and ranchers. This week marks an important step in that process (known as appropriations), as the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the U.S. […]

Upcoming Deadlines for Federal Food and Farm Programs

May 16, 2016

Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the season for federal program deadlines. In our ongoing effort to keep readers appraised of upcoming opportunities, we are issuing a revised list of program application information. As warmer weather settles in, farmers are busy planting crops, livestock are grazing on pasture, and farmers markets across the country are once again full […]

Value-Added Producer Grant Webinar This Week

May 2, 2016

NSAC is partnering with USDA to provide a free webinar for prospective applicants to the VAPG program on May 6th at 2 p.m. EST.

Boosting Community Development through Value-Added Products in Fulton, MO

April 28, 2016

When farmers and entrepreneurs take raw agricultural products like vegetables, grains, or dairy and transform them into goods like sauces and bread, they increase their bottom line because of the higher prices they can demand and they also contribute to community and rural economic development by creating new jobs in processing, marketing, or retail. The […]

NSAC Guide Helps Farmers Navigate Value-Added Grant Application

April 14, 2016

NSAC releases an updated version of its annual Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant

USDA Announces $44 million Available for Value-Added Agriculture

April 8, 2016

Whether helping farmers turn organic grains into shelf-ready items or providing capital for the creation of

New USDA Initiative Aims to Build Capacity and Strengthen Local Food Systems

March 31, 2016

For local and regional food systems to thrive, farmers and rural producers increasingly need to access customers in urban areas and be able to offer products that meet their unique needs and demands. “Value chains” and “value-adding” have long been solutions to this problem. Value-adding is simply the process by which farmers and producers are […]

Massive Year-End Funding Bill A Mixed Bag But Includes Significant Wins for Sustainable Agriculture

December 16, 2015

Final appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2016 will fund programs supporting sustainable agriculture

Farm-Identified Turkey Operation Aided by Value-Added Grant

November 13, 2015

This post is the third in a series highlighting Value Added Producer Grants awarded in 2015. Visit our first post for an overview of this year’s awards, and our  second post  for another producer profile. This post features Peter Stone of Stonewood Farm in Orwell, Vermont. On November 10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced awards totaling […]

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