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Marking the Beginning of a New Era in Food Safety

Guest Blog Post By: Stephen Ostroff, M.D. The promises embodied in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) add up to this: The foods that we eat and serve our families must be as safe as we can make them. These promises mandate that food be produced, packed and transported with an awareness of potential…  Read more

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Farm Safety, Farming Practices, FSMA, Risk Management

Understanding the Challenges of a Slumping Farm Economy and its Impact on Connecticut

Guest Blog Post: By Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) Agriculture in the Northeast contributes $103 billion to local economies and supports roughly 480,000 jobs across the region. But like the rest of the farm economy, producers in Connecticut have been negatively impacted by slumping commodity prices and weak demand for their products. Nationally, net farm income…  Read more

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Agriculture Research, Census of Agriculture, Dairy, Farm Economics

Farm Safety Education Should Reach Beyond the Farm Gate

Nearly 500 farm work-related deaths occur annually, according to a 2013 study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As farmers and ranchers are more active on and around their operations this time of year, National Farmers Union (NFU) is raising awareness about farm safety issues and best practices through a series of 10…  Read more

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Farm Safety, Farm Workers, Farmers, Farming Practices, National Farmers Union, NEFU Members

Survey on Farm Programs

With the 2014 Farm Bill in full effect and a new farm bill debate on the horizon, National Farmers Union is conducting a survey of family farmers and ranchers across the country to gain a greater understanding of the effectiveness of current farm bill programs. As a farmer-led organization, we look to our diverse membership…  Read more

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Agriculture Research, Farm Bill, Farmers, National Farmers Union

Member Profile: Spoiler Alert

Ugly but lovely, imperfect, misfit, cosmetically challenged, produce with personality — whatever you call it, the wonky fruits and vegetables movement has gained traction within the last year, and Spoiler Alert is working to help farmers make the most of their oddly shaped and blemished product. We all know that a lot of great produce…  Read more

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Conservation, Consumers, Cooperatives, Farm Economics, Farm to Institution
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