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Getting Ready for FSMA

Brief Background on FSMA The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in January 2011. It authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a preventive approach to ensuring a safe food supply. FSMA contains seven major rules dealing with all aspects of the food supply chain. Brief Background on the…  Read more

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Farm Safety, Farming Practices, FSMA

Spoiler Alert & Healthy Acadia: A Food Donation and Case Study

Guest blog post by: Farmers Union member, Spoiler Alert Healthy Acadia is a Maine-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to build healthy communities. In partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Healthy Acadia coordinates gleaning opportunities throughout Hancock and Washington counties, a region characterized by significant levels of poverty and food insecurity. Healthy Acadia connects volunteers…  Read more

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Conservation, Consumers, Direct to Consumer, Environment, Farm Economics, Food Hubs, Food Justice, Nutrition, Regional Food Systems

Member Profile: Hudson Valley Farm Hub

ProFarmer Training Program at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub The ProFarmer Training Program is an educational initiative of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, a 1,255-acre not-for-profit farm in Hurley, New York. Through demonstration, research, and farmer training, they provide education and raise awareness about agricultural practices that are locally rooted, equitable, ecologically regenerative, and economically…  Read more

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Beginning Farmers, Educational Opportunities

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
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