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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, […]

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, […]

Secretary Vilsack Provides Update on Farm Bill Implementation to Senate Committee

May 8, 2014

On May 7, 2014 the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) progress in implementing the 2014 Farm Bill.  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was the sole witness.  He again stressed that the agency is working as swiftly as possible to roll out key farm bill programs.  […]

Funding Available for Rural Cooperative Development

April 29, 2014

On April 29, 2014 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of competitive grant funds to support the development of rural cooperatives.  A total of $5.8 million is available this year for the Rural Coop Development Grant (RCDG) program and an additional $3 million will be available for Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants, […]

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