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Awards Promoting Local and Regional Farmers and Food Systems Announced

September 30, 2014

On September 29, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced over $32.8 million awards from three grant programs supporting local and regional food systems, research into marketing opportunities for U.S. farmers, and food security projects in low-income communities, respectively.  At the same time, Secretary Vilsack also announced over $19 million in grant awards […]

Conservation Innovation Grant Recipients Announced

September 16, 2014

On Monday, September 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 47 new Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) awards, totaling $15.7 million.  Recipients include universities, soil and water conservation districts, tribal organizations, resource conservation and development councils, and non-profit organizations.  Roughly half of this year’s CIG awards focus on soil health. The CIG program is administered […]

Organic Certification Farmer Cost Share Funds Still Available

September 9, 2014

Organic producers and handlers can still take advantage of certification cost-share funding through the end of the fiscal year…

Deadline for Applications for Minority Farmer Assistance Grant Program

August 22, 2014

On Thursday, August 21st, the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) hosted a listening session on available funding for the Outreach and Technical Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers program – also known as the Section 2501 program.  The listening session provided organizations from across the country the opportunity to directly engage […]

New Local and Regional Food Data Available from USDA Market News

August 13, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced that its free online Market News service will now include reports on local and regional food markets.  These reports, which are currently limited to a small number of states with more states expected to be added in the coming year, provide pricing and volume […]

Seeking Business Listings for Local and Regional Food Directories

August 12, 2014

Two recent announcements by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)  highlighted the agency’s progress in developing three new directories that will support local and regional food systems and updated data for the already established National Farmers Market Directory. The announcements included steps AMS is taking to launch three new local food directories: the National Community-Supported […]

White House and USDA Honor Beginning Farmer “Champions of Change”

July 30, 2014

On Tuesday, July 29, the White House honored 15 “Champions of Change” working to build a strong foundation for the next generation of farmers and ranchers.  The champions were also recognized at the U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) on Monday, July 28.  The White House Champions of Change programs honor everyday Americans doing extraordinary things […]

USDA Webinar on the Grass Fed Program for Small Livestock Operations

July 22, 2014

On Tuesday, August 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) will hold a webinar about the previously announced Grass-Fed Program for Small and Very Small (SVS) Producers.  The webinar will be held from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Time.  During the webinar AMS will provide an overview of the USDA […]

USDA Releases Final Rule to Expand Nondiscriminatory Protections

July 16, 2014

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final rule, “Nondiscrimination in Programs or Activities Conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture.”  It follows the proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2013 for public comment.  The USDA regulation on nondiscrimination was last revised in 1999. […]

New USDA Website, Rules for Beginning Farmers

June 23, 2014

On Monday, June 23, U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the implementation of several 2014 Farm Bill measures as well as other policy initiatives to help support new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Harden made the announcement at the inaugural meeting of the reconvened Beginning Farmer and Rancher Advisory Committee in Davis, […]

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