USDA Seeks Reviewers for FMPP Applications

Stacy April 3, 2009

WASHINGTON,  April 2, 2009 –– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites individuals to share their expertise in reviewing project proposals for the 2009 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant program.  The FMPP program began in 2006, with the goal of expanding direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities in the United States through the…

Quaker Oats Offers Community Hunger Mini-Grants

Stacy April 1, 2009

Quaker Oats is offering grants for projects that will help combat hunger in your community. The Quaker Go Grant program will select twenty winners each month from April through August 2009. Winners will each receive a $500 cash grant to fund their projects.Visit Quaker Oats Community Hunger Grant for more information. Application deadlines for the…

Wallace Center Publishes Case Studies of Value-Added Enterprises

Stacy

Reaping the benefits of diversity isn’t just an advantage of the natural world, but also a measure small farmers can encourage in their own business practices. Value-adding is an efficient, low-risk way to diversify income streams in a way that complements current direct-marketing efforts. The Wallace Center at Winrock International has recently completed a study…

Maine Farmers’ Market Convention Offers Networking and Training Opportunities

Stacy March 26, 2009

For Immediate Release (207) 664-2424, ext. 4452 Winter Harbor – The Maine Farmers’ Market Convention, held last weekend on the campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center in Acadia National Park, drew farmers, farmers’ market managers and municipal officials from all over the state. Nearly 100 people participated in the event which featured presentations,…

Grants Available though the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

FMC March 25, 2009

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) provides resources to support the development of education, outreach, curricula, workshops, educational teams, training, and technical assistance programs to assist beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States and its territories in entering, establishing, building and managing successful farm and ranch enterprises. This program will also provide…

Online Training For Food Safety and Marketing of Local Foods

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A South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service Web site offers online training in food safety and marketing strategies for foods that are grown and marketed locally. The training is a self-paced study that provides content along with follow-up questions to assess what participants Share I online pharmacy no prescription and. This felt stripped use, viagra for…

New Meat Marketing Resources Available

Stacy

The New York Small Farms Livestock Processing Work Team announced two new publications. Meat and Poultry at the Market: What a Farmers’ Market Manager Needs to Know and Meat and Poultry at the Market: What a Farmer Needs to Know cover many specific details on what is required of farmers in order to sell at…

FMC Members Elect 2009 Board Members

Stacy March 23, 2009

On March 20th, the Farmers Market Coalition announced the outcome of its 2009 board of directors election.   Four existing directors were elected to second terms, including Jim Bingen, Janel Leatherman, Richard McCarthy, and Sharon Yeago. Fred Broughton of South Carolina was elected to his first term on the board, and says that he is “delighted…

Roger Johnson Elected as President of NFU

Stacy March 22, 2009

Roger Johnson was elected National Farmers Union’s 14th president during the organization’s 107th anniversary convention in March 2009.  On April 3, he will resign as the Commissioner of Agriculture in North Dakota, where he has served for twelve years. During his tenure at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Mr. Johnson: -Organized and hosted the…

2009 FMPP Funding Announced

Stacy March 13, 2009

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites proposals for the 2009 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant program.  The Notice of Funds Available for the FMPP was published in the Federal Register on March 13, 2009. This is the fourth year of the FMPP grant program, which is authorized under the recently amended Farmer-to-Consumer Direct…