food safety

Food Safety Tips to Consider When Visiting Farmers Markets

Dan Field Crops, Fruits, Health, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Some food safety tips to consider when visiting Farmers Markets.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Farmers markets offer some of the freshest produce and vegetative products you can find, but they also create opportunities to buy locally, and support small farmers, ranchers, and agricultural businesses. It’s important to keep food safety top of mind when exploring farmers …

Urban Agriculture Grants and Engagement Opportunities

Urban Agriculture Bill Introduced in U.S. House

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release

House Democrat Marcy Kaptur of Ohio has introduced an urban agriculture bill. Kaptur’s Urban Agriculture Production Act is described as a bipartisan bill that would bolster nutritional programs and farmers’ markets and help create the next generation of local, urban farmers and food producers. In a news release, Kaptur says “the federal government needs to step up and improve access …

$27 Million Available to Support Local Food Sector

Dan Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. “These grants will continue USDA’s support for the local food sector as an important strategy for keeping wealth in rural communities,” said AMS Administrator Elanor …

Connecting With Farmers

Dan General

As National Farmers Market Week comes to a close, we reflect back about 20 years ago when there were only 2,400 registered farmers markets in the United States Cathy Isom fills us in on how farmers markets have evolved over the decades in connecting people in a unique way. That’s coming up on “This Land of Ours.”