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Secretary Vilsack: $97 Million for New Programs for Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced $97 million in programs to support the continued development of farmers markets, farm to school efforts and rural economies and will also expand risk management tools for specialty crops and limited-resource farmers. “Increasing market opportunities for local food producers is a sound investment in America’s rural economies,…  Read more


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Franklin Community Co-op Meeting Unites Members, Suppliers

The annual meeting of the Franklin Community Co-op, the parent of western Massachusetts food co-ops Green Field’s Market and McCusker’s Market, was a chance for co-op members to learn more about the workings of their co-op, and to meet some of the folks who supply its food. That’s where farms and New England Farmers Union…  Read more


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McDonald’s Answers Food Questions and Whole Foods Announces a New Rating System

Guest blog post by Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer   In our previous column, we discussed changing consumer expectations and the announcement by Walmart that they were implementing a four-legged program to enhance the sustainability of the food that they sell as well as efforts by McDonald’s to address the issue of antibiotic use…  Read more


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NFU at the International Summit of Cooperatives

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today discussed the role of family farming and co-operatives in food security and food sovereignty as part of a panel discussion at the International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec City, Canada. New England Farmers Union is a regional chapter of National Farmers Union. “Family farms and ranches worldwide…  Read more


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New Local Food Directories Will Help Farms Reach More Customers

Are you a manager, operator, or owner of an on-farm market, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprise, a food hub, or a farmers market?  The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making it easier for your organization or business to reach more customers.  They offer four directories to help local food businesses connect with buyers.  Building…  Read more


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