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New Case Study Released on Beginning Farmers in Sustainable Agriculture

March 27, 2012 |

News Release – ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture has released the second case study in an online series that provides beginning and transitioning farmers with a unique virtual resource.

“Profiles in Sustainable Agriculture” is a project that uses graphics and narratives to integrate personal stories of profiled farmers with detailed information on their practices. Read More

Supermarkets to Require Growers to Show Proof of Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs), Says PSU Study

March 20, 2012 |

News Release – UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Pennsylvania supermarkets in coming years will continue to purchase fresh produce from local growers but increasingly will require them to show proof of employing good agricultural practices, or GAPS, according to a study by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Good agricultural practices are food-safety standards that reduce the risk of on-farm contamination of produce, according to Daniel Tobin, a doctoral candidate in agricultural and extension education, the study’s principal investigator. GAPs include recommendations for safe irrigation methods, use of raw and composted animal manure, worker health and hygiene, post-harvest handling practices, and traceability procedures. Read More

Farming for the Future: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Releases its 2012 Farm Bill Platform

March 19, 2012 |

News Release (March 19) – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition released its comprehensive 2012 Farm Bill policy platform, Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Food & Farm Bill.

With a round of Senate Agriculture Committee hearings complete and House Agriculture Committee field hearings underway, Congress is hard at work writing a new farm bill.  Meanwhile, the perfect storm of economic, environmental, and health crises currently gripping our nation demands decisive farm policy reform that will ensure a sustainable future for American agriculture.  Adoption of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s 2012 Farm Bill platform will expand opportunities for family farmers to produce good food, sustain the environment, and contribute to vibrant communities. Read More

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Releases 2011/2012 Report from the Field

March 16, 2012 |

News Release – Since 1988, SARE has funded more than 5,000 sustainable agriculture research and education projects on farms and ranches large and small, dryland and wetland, urban and rural, from Florida to Alaska to Guam. This is quite a milestone, especially when considering that behind each of these projects are great innovators—farmers, ranchers, researchers, educators and nonprofits—working hard to develop the next profit-making, land-conserving, community-building project to help feed our growing world. Read More

New Study Explores Innovation and Opportunities for Diverse Local Food Distributors

March 16, 2012 |

USDA National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef CattleNews Release – WASHINGTON, March 16, 2012 – Today, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan released a new report on the distribution practices of eight producer networks and their partners distributing locally or regionally-grown food to retail and foodservice customers. The report, entitled Moving Food Along the Value Chain: Innovations in Regional Food Distribution, shows how these networks tap into the growing commercial demand for local and regional food products while creating additional economic opportunities and expanding healthy food access.

“The Obama Administration is committed to putting Americans back to work and to revitalizing our rural agricultural communities, and one way to do that is through the expanding local foods movement which provides new economic opportunities for farmers and producers across the country,” said Merrigan. Read More