Category Archives: News

What does the House Farm Bill ‘No’ Vote Mean for Farmers Markets?

Honesta Romberger May 24, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last Friday, the House of Representatives voted down a draft of the farm bill, with thirty House Republicans joining all of the Democrats in voting ‘no’ on the bill. Thanks to YOU and our allies in food and farming who made their voices heard through visits, emails,…

Let’s Make National Farmers Market Week Local

Darlene Wolnik May 21, 2018

by Dar Wolnik | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org FMC Program Associate Allie Vrtachnik has been working closely with the USDA AMS team on materials and activities for 2018 National Farmers Market Week (NFMW), updating citations and graphics for markets and state associations, and organizing potential in-person market events for officials to attend during that week. The primary message for…

Farm Bill Update: Uncertainty Looms as Bill Heads for Vote

Honesta Romberger May 16, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org The fate of the House farm bill is still unclear, but over 100 amendments have been proposed, mostly from Republicans, as the bill heads for a possible vote by the end of the this week. Democratic leadership has asked their members not to propose any amendments —…

USDA Report on Direct-To-Consumer Fruits & Vegetable Purchasing

Darlene Wolnik May 14, 2018

By Dar Wolnik | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org This USDA ERS report came out earlier this year and has some interesting data and new conclusions about shoppers, although the authors stress that more analysis is needed. And thank you to Dr. Dawn Thilmany for offering her input into my analysis of the report. If you don’t know her…

Farmers Market Coalition Statement of Opposition to House 2018 Farm Bill

Honesta Romberger May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018 – The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities, has joined more than 370 organizations in opposition of the House 2018 Farm Bill. While FMC is pleased by the increased support for the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program,…

Spotlight on the Alexandria Farmers’ Market

Allie Vrtachnik

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Alexandria Farmers’ Market! We’re taking over FMC’s Instagram this week to share with you a look into our market. The market is loved by our community, and for good reason!  As a new “visitor”, there are a few things you ought to know to fully appreciate the market that surrounds…

Farm Bill Update: Our Best Opportunity for Action

Honesta Romberger April 27, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last week, the House Agriculture Committee passed a version of the farm bill on a strict party line vote. The Committee entertained very few amendments, and as a result, the bill that now goes to the House floor is little changed from the original version introduced by…

Crafting Winning LFPP/FMPP Proposals- Recorded Webinar

Allie Vrtachnik April 25, 2018

Crafting Winning LFPP/FMPP Proposals  Made possible by collaborations with the Wallace Center, FMC, and the USDA Ag Marketing Service, Dawn Thilmany and Becca Jablonski of Colorado State University present the Crafting Winning LFPP/FMPP Grant Proposals webinar.Tailored towards those without much grant poropsal experience, the webinar explores best practices for planning and writing LFPP/FMPP proposals, emphasizing…

2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit

Honesta Romberger April 24, 2018

In partnership with the USDA, Food Distribution Research Society, National Value-Added Agriculture Conference, and Farm Credit Council, FMC is excited to host the 2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit – the first of its kind in the United States! When: September 15-18, 2018 (Pre-conference activities on September 15-16) Where: Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia Why should you…

Spotlight on the Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market

Allie Vrtachnik April 19, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Bradenton Farmers’ Market! We’re taking over FMC’s Instagram this week to share with you a look into our market. The market is loved by our community, and for good reason!  As a new “visitor”, there are a few things you ought to know to fully appreciate the market that surrounds…