Excerpt: You’ve been trying to up your Thanksgiving game every year, adding essence of cardamom to your grandmother’s sweet potato casserole and latticing bacon across your bird.
Excerpt: They’re remaking the culinary traditions in African-American communities and diversifying the farm-to-table concept.
Excerpt: Eating habits are changing across the country and food companies are struggling to keep up.
WASHINGTON- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed members of the USDA Minority Farmers Advisory Committee (MFAC). The committee provides farmer, rancher, industry and public perspectives on USDA strategies, policies and programs that impact minority farmers and ranchers.
The Committee held its first public meeting September 22-24, 2015, in Savannah, Ga., to consider a number of related issues including the Department’s outreach and assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program (also known as the 2501 Program). Committee members serve two-year appointments expiring in June 2017.
Hundreds Gather at 4th Annual Seedstock Conference in San Diego to Discuss Innovation and Rise of Local FoodNovember 8, 2015 | Robert Puro
Pay the farmer, or pay the doctor. The responsibility of the consumer to vote with his fork. Utilizing imperfect produce in order to increase local food buying at institutions and universities. How technology gives underrepresented groups the tools to empower themselves. Indoor agriculture is on the rise, but will people let go of their love of dirt and the traditional farm image?
These were just a few of the many topics that hundreds of attendees from across the Southern California region and beyond showed up to discuss and debate at the 4th Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Innovation and the Rise of Local Food at the Rady School of Management, UCSD on November 3-4, 2015. The sold out audience was treated to lectures from the foremost experts, entrepreneurs, advocates and business minds in the sustainable and local food system space. As in previous years the conference provided ample opportunity for growers to network with buyers, entrepreneurs to connect with potential business partners and for the local food champions in the host city, in this case San Diego, to continue to strengthen their base of support to meet the demands of a thriving local food marketplace.
Excerpt: On Nov. 1, a BuzzFeed News headline stated: “Chipotle Has Closed Nearly 50 Restaurants Because People May Have Caught E. Coli From Their Food.” This was followed up by the statement that “At least 22 people in Oregon and Washington have contracted the infection after eating at Chipotle restaurants since Oct. 14, the Oregon Health Authority said.”
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Announces New USDA Commitments to Help Build Up Next Generation of Farmers and RanchersNovember 5, 2015 | USDA
LOUISVILLE—Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced a commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started.
Excerpt: Nonprofit will first lease land for $105 per acre per year, then buy each acre for about $3,500.