RAFI Announces 2018 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund Grant Recipients

Emma Hansen March 30, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant recipients! RAFI and Jeff Camden, Program Officer with the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, announced the 2018 ARF grant winners during an Award Ceremony and Orientation at the Dan Pollitt Center in Pittsboro, NC. Grants were awarded to assist entrepreneurial and innovative farmers and collaborative groups in developing…

Maine Farmers Can Apply to Accept WIC

Liz Comiskey

The Vendor applicant is required to submit a completed application to the State Agency. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will be notified of missing, incomplete or unsigned documents. Those applications will be returned to the vendor applicant and may delay authorization. Once notified of an incomplete application, the vendor applicant must submit the missing…

Free point of sale devices for accepting SNAP benefit payments delayed

Marian Weaver

At the March 6 and 7, 2018 Michigan Farmers Market Association Conference, Amanda Shreve the newly appointed Executive Director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association gave a presentation on the status of funding for free, wireless point of sale devices for farmers markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (a.k.a. Bridge Cards) as a form…

Agricultural Food Safety Workshop

Darlene Wolnik

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend this food safety training. The Agricultural Food Safety Workshop is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement…

Purdue Extension FoodLink Project Seeks to Inform Consumers

Stephanie Fenty

Purdue University’s new FoodLink website https://extension.purdue.edu/foodlink seeks to inform Indiana consumers about different varieties of produce as well as how to select, prepare, and care for them. Shoppers can access expert Purdue Extension information on over 60 Indiana fruits and vegetables at some grocery stores, farmers’ markets and roadside stands. “We’ve assigned every fruit and vegetable in Indiana…

Local farmers market making ‘pop’ changes for the summer

Honesta Romberger

[Article via Prescott Valley Tribune: https://www.pvtrib.com/news/2018/mar/28/local-farmers-market-making-pop-changes-summer/] The Prescott Valley Farmers Market will be transitioning to “pop-up farmers markets” after the last winter market, which was Tuesday, March 27, in the Entertainment District. Since November 2016, PFM has operated a weekly farmers market in the Entertainment District of Prescott Valley. Since 1997, PFM has operated markets of…

Youth Farm In Hawaii Is Growing Food And Leaders

Honesta Romberger

[Article via NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/03/28/596073164/youth-farm-in-hawaii-is-growing-food-and-leaders] A tight circle of teenagers is deep in conversation — not about movies or apps, but about … vegetables. It’s 7 a.m. at MA’O Organic Farms, part of 24 acres nestled in an emerald mountain-ringed valley just two miles from Oahu’s west shore. Under a hot sun that bathes this idyllic breadbasket,…

Illinois Farmers Market Boot Camp – April 25, 2018

Stephanie Fenty

Farmers Market vendors should plan to attend the Farmers Market Boot Camp offered by Illinois Extension.  Vendors and future vendors at farmers markets will be provided an update on cottage food laws and farmers market rules at this year’s Farmers Market Boot Camp. “There have been some changes in the cottage food laws that allow vendors to sell baked…

PA has the second highest organic food sales of any state, according to gov. issued report

Liz Comiskey March 29, 2018

Pennsylvania has the second-highest sales of organic products, only surpassed by California, according to a report published last year by the United States Department of Agriculture. The report goes on to show that, statewide consumption of organic foods in Pennsylvania has increased by about ten times over the past decade, and has doubled from 2015 to 2016…

Young Farmers Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania Thanks Rep. Costello for Bill to Support Young Farmers

Liz Comiskey

  The Young Farmers Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania recently thanked Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) for legislation he helped introduce to support young farmers. The Young and Beginning Farmers Act would help farmers who are just starting out with access to land and grants, as well as help with local food systems. http://mychesco.com/a/communities/young-farmers-coalition-of-southeastern-pennsylvania-thanks-rep-costello-for-bill-to-support-young-farmers/