USDA Offers $90 Million in Competitive Grants

Kelly Marshall

The USDA will be making $90 million in competitive grants available to strengthen local food systems, develop market opportunities and support growers specialty crops. The grants will be run through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program. “Over the past seven years, USDA …

Government, Local, specialty crops, USDA

USDA Releases Farm to School Program Data

Kelly Marshall

Data from the 2013-2014 school year for the USDA’s Farm to School Grant Program has been released.  The results show that a strong farm to school program encourages students to purchase breakfast and lunch at school, increases students positive food choices, and reduces waste.  The census also showed a 55 percent increase in the amount of food purchased locally by …

Education, Food, Local, USDA

Iowa FFP Launches “Homegrown Food. Hometown Values”

Kelly Marshall

The Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FFP) is working together with farmers to serve locally grown food with the launch of it’s new campaign, “Homegrown Food.  Hometown Values.” The sentiment draws attention to the locality of food and the commitment of today’s farm families to provide that food in a safe and reliable manner that’s good for the environment …

Advertising, Ag Group, Food, Local

AGree Report Looks at Local Foods

Kelly Marshall

The demand for local foods continues.  In an attempt to support the farmers, ranchers, retailers, hospitals and schools who are working to meet those demands, AGree has examined local food systems and released six recommendations. The Local Food: Revitalizing Community-based Food Systems report shares the views of stakeholders, provides information about common myths and gives an overall viewpoint of nationwide …

Agribusiness, Local, Research, USDA

BrightFarms Builds Farm of the Future

Kelly Marshall

BrightFarms has broken ground on a new Chicagoland Greenhouse in Rochelle, IL.  The start-up company is changing the face of local produce with the first ever nation brand.  Working together with Roundy’s Supermarkets, and the greenhouses will supply the grocery chain with produce, hopefully in 2016. A model for the future of local, low-impact farming, the BrightFarms Chicagoland Greenhouse will be …

Agribusiness, Energy, Local, Produce