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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

Shaping the Next Generation of Co-operators

GUEST BLOG POST By Marcus Smith In February, I had the opportunity to participate in the 2016 National Farmers Union (NFU) College Conference on Co-operatives (CCOC) in Minneapolis, MN. This annual event is designed to help shape the next generation of co-operative leaders, and my exposure to the co-ops, speakers, and other participants was a learning…  Read more

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Cooperatives, Educational Opportunities, National Farmers Union, Regional Food Systems

Food Safety From Farm to Table

GUEST BLOG POST By Elanor Starmer  IF you are a farmer interested in selling produce wholesale or direct to a retailer, restaurant or institution, you probably have food safety on the brain. A growing number of buyers require farms to demonstrate compliance with a food safety standard, often through an audit and certification program. That takes…  Read more

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Consumers, Direct to Consumer, Farm Safety, farm-to-school, Farm-to-Table, Farmers, Farmers Markets, Farming Practices, Legal Issues

Study Finds GMO Label Will Not Act as Warning Label

GUEST BLOG POST By Joanna Schroeder Consumers have a right to know what’s in their food. It was this statement that began a movement that included genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling initiatives. The first such “contains GM” labeling legislation (Act Relating to the Labeling of Food Produced with Genetic Engineering) was passed by Vermont and on…  Read more

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Agriculture Research, Consumers, Food Labels, GMO, Nutrition, Product Marketing

Beginning Farmer Institute Application Available

Applications for National Farmers Union’s Beginning Farmer Institute are now available. This program aims to develop and encourage agricultural leaders from all backgrounds. The new nationally focused program provides an opportunity for beginning farmers to acquire leadership and farm management skills. It concentrates on building confidence in beginning farmers and farm couples, and additionally encourages them to…  Read more

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