Category Archives: State News

Buy Local Even in South Dakota’s Winter Months

Diana Broadaway February 19, 2021

For Immediate Release: Feb. 18, 2021 Online link: https://sdspecialtyproducers.org/2021/02/03/winter-months/ Buy Local Even in South Dakota’s Winter Months Yankton, S.D.- Most South Dakotans think of local foods as seasonal items. But even through our cold winters, more and more local food hubs, farmers markets and direct to consumer producers are open for business year-round. Our access to fresh,…

SDSPA: Specialty Producer Webinar Series

Diana Broadaway January 28, 2021

Educational Webinar Series for Specialty Food Producers The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has announced a new educational series for local food producers, Farmers Markets managers and vendors, and others interested in selling direct to consumers. “We are hosting training for producers to get together over the winter and plan for the summer 2021…

2020 S.D. Local Foods Conference sees changes, opportunities for producers

Diana Broadaway September 24, 2020

2020 S.D. Local Foods Conference sees changes, opportunities for producers Yankton, S.D.- The annual South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) is celebrating its tenth year. The 2020 event, Nov. 5-7 will be the first held entirely online. The SDLFC Planning Committee looks forward to discussing the new opportunities that this year has brought to local…

SDSPA: Celebrate National Farmers Market Week 2020

Diana Broadaway July 27, 2020

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week 2020 The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) joins farmers markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 2-8, 2020. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a proclamation dedicating the week with the goal to increase awareness of the role local farmers markets play in…

‘Minority’ Crop Growers and Beekeepers Suffer Defeat in Pierre

Diana Broadaway April 17, 2020

Press Release- For Immediate Release- Feb. 23, 2020 Jeff Stewart 605-481-0406 jstewart@hcinet.net ‘Minority’ Crop Growers and Beekeepers Suffer Defeat in Pierre The following synopsis is provided by the Legislative Action Committee of the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association on the proceedings related to bill HB 1171. For the third year in a row, a bill…

Trying Times for Local Specialty Crop Producers

Diana Broadaway

Press Release- For Immediate Release- April 6, 2020 Tom Bodensteiner, SDSPA President bodensbeamwork@icloud.com   Trying Times for Local Specialty Crop Producers Yankton, S.D.: Because of the state and worldwide lockdown many of our local food producer’s right here in South Dakota are feeling the financial pinch. Since people are staying away from the grocery stores…

Utah DUFB gains ongoing state funding support!

Marian Weaver May 28, 2019

Utahns Against Hunger is thrilled to announce that Utah Double Up Food Bucks gained some much needed state funding support during the 2019 state legislative session.  Read more…

Package of bills co-sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank aims to help farmers markets

Liz Comiskey March 8, 2019

Democratic leaders have three ideas to increase sales of local farm produce. WRITTEN BY READING EAGLE HARRISBURG, PA — Senate Democrats are sponsoring a three-bill legislative package designed to provide additional tax credits to farmers, encourage the use of locally sourced food and expand farmers markets. The prime sponsors of the package are state Sen.…

2019 Georgia Market Innovation Mini-Grant

Stephanie Fenty February 27, 2019

Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG)’s 2019 Market Innovation Mini-Grant is available to current partners of Georgia Fresh For Less. WWG’s mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally-grown food for all Georgians. WWG strengthens local food communities by empowering networks of farmers market and farmers to facilitate access to and awareness of healthy food choices.…

2019 ILFMA Annual Conference and Winter Farmers Market

Stephanie Fenty February 12, 2019

2019 Annual Conference and Winter Farmers Market April 4, 2019 Allerton Mansion, Monticello, IL Register Here Do you manage or sell at a farmers market? Or maybe you’re interested in the local food movement? Then save the date of Thursday, April 4, 2019 for the Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) annual conference  at Allerton Park…