Policy Update - October 10, 2014

Selected News from the NSAC Weekly Roundup!

FarmieMarket Uses Value-Added Producer Grant to Expand Online Healthy Food Access
FarmieMarket—an online farmers market in New York’s Capital Region—is bringing local food purchasing into the Digital Age, both improving access to fresh local food and giving local producers an economic boost. It is one of 247 farm businesses to receive a Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office...
NSAC Member Organizations Partner to Support Specialty Crops
On October 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced over $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG) administered through state departments of agriculture. The SCBG program provides state agriculture agencies with resources to support specialty crop growers through research, marketing, and production programs...
Farm to School in Action in the Nation's Capital
Savory, steaming collard greens dished on a plate. Hefty sweet potatoes being plucked from the ground. The pungent aromas of bright green herbs as they’re crushed in a mortar. These were just some of the Farm to School experiences children attending Walker Jones Education Campus and CentroNia Learning Community experienced near the nation’s capital last Thursday....

Potluck News


  • Food Safety Moderation Act Rule: Next Steps
    The comment period for all of FDA's revised rules is open. Prepare yourself for action!
  • Fighting for Livestock Farmers' Rights
    Which NE politicians have stood up for our region's farmers. What are we doing to help?
  • A Model Network: NSAC
    Managing Director Jeremy Emmi shares insights into the source of NSAC’s strength.
  • Calling for Ag & Food Research Reforms
    National Research Council's new report calls for more funding and major changes to AFRI.



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Map of the Month: Farm Loss, 2007-2012

Each red dot on this Census of Agriculture map represents 20 farms that are no more, and each blue dot represents 20 new farms. In just five years, the US experienced a net loss of 90,000 farms. (Download as a PDF to magnify.)


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