Category Archives: State News

2018 Illinois Farm Bureau’s Live Local: Local & Regional Food Conference

Stephanie Fenty October 11, 2018

November 5-17, 2018 Bloomington, IL | DoubleTree by Hilton Register at

New Orleans schools: Join Market Umbrella’s Meet Me at the Market program

Darlene Wolnik

Market Umbrella’s “Meet Me at the Market” program consists of a staff visit to the classroom with curriculum focused on local seasonality and nutrition, and then a field trip to the farmers market, with facilitated fun and educational activities. The NGO has funding through a USDA Farm to School grant to build/refurbish school gardens, train…

Oregon Farmers Market Association to hold Annual Meeting, Feb. 23, 2019

Allie Vrtachnik

The Oregon Farmers Markets Association will host the OFMA Annual Meeting on Friday, February 23rd, in Corvallis, Oregon; which will be followed by a Farmers Market Track on Saturday as part of the OSU Small Farms Conference.  Details will be posted on the OFMA Annual Meeting page when available.

Brighton Farmers Market gets $1M from state for new permanent location

Darlene Wolnik October 8, 2018

The 10-year-old farmers market will receive $1 million in state funding to aid the development of a new, permanent home for the market near Buckland Park, Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle said Sunday. State Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, each secured $500,000 in capital funding for the project, Moehle said. Robach likened the new location…

Iowa Farmers Market Association Annual Conference

Emma Hansen October 2, 2018

IFMA annual conference will be held Saturday Feb 2 from 9-5 PM at Grace Lutheran Church  3010 52nd St.  Des Moines, IA.  More information will be released closer to the date of the event. Contact Barbara Ristau at with any questions.    

National Recreation and Park Association awarded a 2018 FMPP grant

Allie Vrtachnik September 26, 2018

Congratulations to the National Recreation and Park Association in Ashburn, VA, a recipient of a 2018 USDA FMPP grant! Recipient: National Recreation and Park Association, Ashburn, VA Project Type: Capacity Building Strengthening the Capacity of Local Parks and Recreation to Promote Access to Farmers Markets As trusted public spaces located in nearly every community across…

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc. awarded a 2018 FMPP grant

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc., a 2018 USDA FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc., Overland Park, KS Project Type: Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance Building Direct Market Capacity for Refugee Farmers Wyandotte County, Kansas, consistently ranks at the bottom of counties in the state for health…

Dakota College at Bottineau awarded 2018 FMPP grant

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to the Dakota College at Bottineau, a 2018 FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: Dakota College at Bottineau, Bottineau, ND Project Type: Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance Enhancing Consumer Marketing Strategies of North Dakota Farmers Markets and Market Producers Dakota College at Bottineau will increase the capacity of North Dakota Farmers Markets. The state’s changing…

Center of Southwest Culture awarded a 2018 FMPP Grant

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to New Mexico’s Center of Southwest Culture, a 2018 USDA FMPP recipient! Recipient: Center of Southwest Culture, Albuquerque, NM Project Type: Capacity Building Rural NM Marketing Network Land-based, centuries-old Indigenous and Hispanic communities in central and northern New Mexico need alternative economic initiatives to protect their land and water assets while increasing family revenues.…

4-Directions Development, Inc. awarded 2018 FMPP

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to Minnesota’s 4-Directions Development, Inc., a 2018 USDA FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: 4-Directions Development, Inc., Red Lake, MN Project Type: Capacity Building Gitigaanike – Local foods, local access for a healthy Red Lake Nation. The Red Lake Indian Reservation is located Northwest Minnesota adjacent to the fertile fields of the Red River Valley of…