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Direct Marketing is Invaluable for Consumer Education on Agriculture

GUEST BLOG POST By Katie Fisher, government relations intern, National Farmers Union On Feb. 2, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research held a hearing examining the opportunities and challenges in direct marketing. It provided first-hand accounts from farmers and ranchers involved in direct marketing ventures, such as local farmers markets, direct to restaurant or…  Read more

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Beginning Farmers, Consumers, Direct to Consumer, Farm Bill, farm-to-school, Farmer Leaders, Farmers Markets, Grass Roots Policy, House Agriculture Committee, Meat and Poultry, National Farmers Union, NEFU Members, USDA

Women’s Conference Informs, Inspires

National Farmers Union’s Women in Agriculture conference ended last week, and New England Farmers Union Membership and Administrative Coordinator Emma Sabella reports the event, held in Clearwater, FL, was informative and inspiring. Kriss Marion of Circle M Market Farm in Blanchardville, WI, shared her story about how she built a network of strong women in…  Read more

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Agritourism, Direct to Consumer, Educational Opportunities, Farm Demographics, Farm Tours, Farmers Markets, National Farmers Union, Women Producers

New Toolkit Guides Farm to Institution Procurement

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) introduced a new resource to help local farmers and institutional buyers connect. The toolkit, “Setting the Table for Success: Increasing Local Food Purchasing by Institutional Food Service Management,” covers the basics of how institutional purchasing works and offers guidance for using the food service request-for-proposal and contract process to…  Read more

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Educational Opportunities, Farm to Institution, farm-to-school

Women Farmer Leaders Meet in Florida

National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference, Women Making Moves, in Clearwater, Florida, began this weekend! We have one New England member attending: New England Farmers Union staffer Emma Sabella. Travel plans for dairy farmer Allie Bates from Springside Farms in New Vinyard, Maine, were thrown off by the snowstorm and she couldn’t attend.   Sabella reports on several sessions…  Read more

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Farmer Leaders, National Farmers Union, Women Producers

Microloan Expansion A Boost for Underserved, Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

A federal microloan program designed to assist underserved farmers – including beginning farmers and ranchers, veterans, small producers and other underserved communities in agriculture – was expanded today.  And that is great news for rural America, says National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson. “Beginning and underserved farmers face the same financial challenges when entering…  Read more

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Beginning Farmers, FSA, USDA, Veteran Farmers, Women Producers
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