Category Archives: State News


Darlene Wolnik July 27, 2018

Inaction by the Federal Government Would Have Left 2.8 Million New Yorkers Unable to Use SNAP Benefits to Purchase Fresh Fruits and Vegetables at Farmers’ Markets New York State’s Agreement with Novo Dia Ensures SNAP Participants’ Use of EBT Benefits at New York Farmers’ Markets Solution Paves the Way for Farmers’ Markets in 49 States…

VFMA welcomes Kim Hutchinson as Executive Director

Allie Vrtachnik July 26, 2018

“The Board of Directors at Virginia Farmers Market Association (VAFMA), has announced that Kim Hutchinson, a well-recognized and long-time philanthropic leader and community advocate, will serve as the Executive Director; ending a search that began earlier this year. Ms. Hutchinson has been a nonprofit executive, management consultant, public policy expert, federal contractor and community advocate…

(DE) Sen. Carper visits local farm to highlight wins for Delaware in Farm Bill

Liz Comiskey July 20, 2018

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) was in Harrington Tuesday morning to highlight the passage of an amendment in the Farm Bill aimed at helping agricultural producers improve operations on their farms in Delaware. The amendment allows farmers in the beginning stages to apply for conservation funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). With the new…

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

Emma Hansen July 9, 2018

In celebration of National Farmers’ Market Week, Texas Farmers’ Market and Austin Resource Recovery, are proud to present a screening of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste at Austin Film Society. Following the screening on August 7th, there will be a panel discussion with Joe Diffie of Joe’s Organics, Tim Welch of Emmer & Rye, Jessica Brown of TFM’s composting program and Gena McKinley of Austin…

2018 South Dakota Local Foods Conference: Nov. 1-3

Allie Vrtachnik June 28, 2018

Just announced- the South Dakota Local Foods Conference will be held Nov. 1-3 at the Swiftel Center. Follow along with the event for more details.

Lee’s Summit Farmers Market engaging young readers with lending library

Allie Vrtachnik

The Kansas City Star reports,”Most people think of farmers markets as great places to find homegrown produce, artisanal foods and handcrafted products. At the Lee’s Summit Farmers Market, library books are also on the bill of fare. Each Wednesday during market hours, elementary through high school students can stop by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School…

Murkowski introduces Alaska specific farm bill

Honesta Romberger June 22, 2018

Via Daily New-MIner FAIRBANKS — Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has introduced an Arctic specific farming bill to address issues of food security, conservation and trade in Alaska. The Food Security, Housing and Sanitation Improvements in Rural, Remote and Frontier Areas Act of 2018 includes a series of Alaska and Arctic-specific initiatives compiled based on…

A Summer Foodapalooza Event in Catahoula Parish

Darlene Wolnik June 12, 2018

Positively Local Catahoula will be held Wednesday, June 27, and feature a keynote address from Darlene Wolnik, the Farmers Market Coalition’s Senior Research Associate and a bus tour to showcase how the parish is able to utilize existing projects and resources to strengthen its economy. The event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at…

Big Island agriculture hit hard by volcano

Honesta Romberger June 8, 2018

Via Hawaii Tribune-Herald KAILUA-KONA — A week and a half after the earth split open in Puna and the hazards of Kilauea began devouring and toxifying everything in their path, 67-year-old Garuda Johnson looked out his window. Seeing through the sulfur dioxide-laced haze of vog — which has measured quantities of SO2 as high as…

New Farm Crisis Fund Created to Help Struggling North Texas Farmers

Emma Hansen

The Farm Tour for the Farm Crisis Fund will take guests on a six-hour, three-course dinner, touring farms no farther than 30 minutes away from McKinney. The goal is not just to eat, drink and explore area farms but to raise money for this new fund, which falls under the Seed Project Foundation, a nonprofit…