Category Archives: Policy

FMPP Targeted for Elimination

Alex Canepa June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017 President Trump’s proposed budget recommends the complete elimination of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) in the upcoming Farm Bill. FMPP is the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) primary grant program serving America’s farmers markets and direct marketing-ranchers and farmers. According to an explanatory note accompanying the President’s budget, “The budget…

Budget Cuts Target WIC at Farmers Markets

Alex Canepa June 2, 2017

The Farmers Market Coalition is deeply concerned that the President’s proposed 2018 budget completely eliminates funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). WIC FMNP provides low-income, pregnant, and postpartum women with coupons to buy fresh produce from authorized farmers and farmers markets. FMNP also teaches new mothers how to select, store, and prepare…

Missouri Legislature Moves to Help Hungry Seniors

Alex Canepa May 11, 2017

Missouri moved one step closer to becoming the 44th state in America to offer its seniors access to the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) when the state’s House of Representatives passed a bill that would require the the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services to tap into  federal funding for SFMNP.  SFMNP is…

Support the Young Farmer Success Act!

Alex Canepa April 6, 2017

FMC is proud to stand with the National Young Farmer Coalition in support of the Young Farmer Success Act (H.R. 1060). At a time when two-thirds of our farmland is on the cusp of transition as farmers age and retire, there are too few young farmers positioned to manage our farmland and harness its economic and environmental…

President’s Budget Seeks to Cut Rural Business Programs and WIC

Alex Canepa March 20, 2017

Each year, the President submits his budget to Congress which serves as the administration’s general wish-list for federal programs and initiatives. By requesting (or not requesting) the funds necessary to do certain work the President’s budget proposal offers a glimpse into the Administration’s general priorities. In the coming months, Congress and the White House begin…

Results from the Local Food Marketing Practices Survey are in!

Honesta Romberger December 21, 2016

It’s here! The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released the results from the first ever Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. Farmers markets and local farms suffer from a lack of comprehensive data on their activities, which stymies strategic decision making and growth. As one of multiple efforts to address this issue, the Farmers Market…

Community Farmers Market- At the Cornerstone of Atlanta’s Local Food Movement

Allie Vrtachnik December 13, 2016

Picture taken at Grant Park Farmers Market, one of the five Community markets. Atlanta is my hometown, and growing up in the surrounding suburbs, I know the anticipatory feeling you get once you enter city limits. Atlanta has a bit of it all- the bustle (aka traffic), the big city feel, and a diverse population.…

Invite Your Elected Officials to the Farmers Market!

Jen O'Brien July 13, 2016

Elected officials will make the best policy decisions when they hear from you—the experts. Now’s the perfect time to invite them to visit your market during National Farmers Market Week (August 7-13th) to show off your market’s great work.[1] A market visit provides an opportunity to showcase the impact that your market has on the…

**Updated** Congratulations to FMC Member FMPP and FMSSG Awardees!

Liz Comiskey October 9, 2015

The awardees of the 2015 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and the first ever Farmers Market SNAP Support Grants (FMSSG) were announced last week! Check out all of the FMC members that were awarded below. Many FMC members will also benefit from grant projects within their community networks; you…

USDA Press Release Announcing the 2015 FMPP and FMSSG Grantees

Jen O'Brien October 2, 2015

Release No. 0273.15 Contact: Office of Communications (202) 720-4623   USDA Awards $34.3 Million to Support Communities’ Local Foods Infrastructure, Increase Access to Fruits and Vegetables Funding Supports Local Food Systems, Farmers Markets and Healthier Eating for SNAP Participants WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today helped to kick off the nation’s…