Cuts to 2013 Farmers Market Nutrition Program Funding

Jen O'Brien March 22, 2013

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Senate’s continuing resolution funding federal programs through the end of 2013.  Funding for the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (FMNPs) was included in the bill, coming in at $15.3 million for the WIC FMNP, and $19.4 million for the Senior FMNP. Both programs were cut significantly. Senior FMNP was…

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan Will Serve Through April

Jen O'Brien

Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan is stepping down from her position as second in command at USDA. During her term, Merrigan championed local and sustainable farming, and spearheaded numerous projects supporting small, beginning, and minority farmers. The USDA has released this quote from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak, saying, “Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has helped USDA…

Farmers Market Coalition Board of Directors Elections 2013

Liz Comiskey February 20, 2013

Farmers Market Coalition Board of Directors elections is now underway. All members in good standing can vote by March 12th. Read about the position requirements and the candidates below and cast your vote today! Members of the Board of Directors are FMC member volunteers with demonstrated leadership experience in the field of farmers markets and…

Hustling and Bustling this Winter

Liz Comiskey February 15, 2013

A letter from Jen O’Brien, Interim Executive Director, FMC Here we are in the dead of winter, but there’s no off-season in sight. Despite the plummeting temperatures and record snow storms, the farmers market community is as busy as ever. This year, the USDA reported that the National Farmers Market Directory saw a 52 percent…

More than 200 organizations participate in Farmers Market Promotion Program Grantee Survey

Liz Comiskey

by Stacy Miller, Project Director Since the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) first issued grants under the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), 575 projects have been awarded in all fifty states, totaling $32,310,288 in funding.  In what ways has the program contributed to stronger, healthier, more innovative and inclusive food systems? As reported in the…

Slow and Steady: Farmers Market SNAP Sales Continue to Expand

Liz Comiskey

By Natalie Roper, FMC Research & Education Intern, and Stacy Miller, Project Director The New Year seems to have kicked off with less than positive news for farmers markets. The nine-month farm bill extension that passed late New Years Day surprised many by failing to provide mandatory funding for a variety of smaller programs that…

Accessing SNAP Grant Funds for Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey

Republished from Farmers’ Markets Today February 2013 by Jan Walters Jan Walters’ Consulting Services, LLC, Farmers Market Coalition Board of Directors In May 2012, USDA announced new SNAP grant funding through the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 to increase SNAP access at farmers markets. The new grant funding of $4 million is…

FMC Board Member Nomination Period is Open

Liz Comiskey January 28, 2013

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Farm Bill Extension a Cold Shoulder to Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey January 3, 2013

On January 1st, Congress passed a nine-month farm bill extension attached to the larger ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise. Despite a variety of reforms and reauthorizations agreed to earlier this year by Senate and House Agriculture Committees, this extension continues to fund a full year of direct payments for commodities (at $5 billion), while failing to provide…

FMC Submits Recommendations for USDA Farmers Market Research

Stacy January 2, 2013

On January 2nd, the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) submitted recommendations to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service regarding the agency’s collection of data about farmers markets.  These recommendations were developed in response to a request for comments on proposed revisions to USDA’s National Farmers Market Manager Questionnaire.  Changes proposed by USDA include the addition of on-farm…