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  • Oct 02, 2015 USDA Grants to Help Farmers, Entrepreneurs and Retailers Market Local Foods
  • Thanks to a recent grant from USDA, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection is now in better position to help get locally grown potatoes, carrots, apples, broccoli, and cheese onto school lunch plates. In Wisconsin, and across the nation, there is a strong interest to supply healthy, local foods to schools while [...]

  • Sep 16, 2015 No Books Required for Back-to-School Night at USDA Farmers Market on Friday, September 18
  • It’s “Back-to-School Night” at the USDA Farmers Market on Friday, September 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in Washington, D.C., near the National Mall.  This month’s educational exhibitors and vendors will appeal to students of any age.  Market visitors can learn more about healthy eating, reducing food waste or take a trip down memory lane [...]

  • Sep 15, 2015 Montana Soil Conservationist, Organic Farmer Work Together to Reach Conservation Goals
  • When I learned that the “This American Land” public television series was headed to Montana, I knew this would be a great opportunity to highlight organic producers and the work USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is doing to increase conservation across the state. I’ve been working for NRCS for 10 years and in the [...]

  • Sep 02, 2015 New York State of Mind: Empowering Women and Creating Local Food Opportunities
  • The future of agriculture depends on the next generation of farmers and ranchers.  That’s why the Department of Agriculture is committed to creating more opportunities for new and beginning farmers and removing barriers for women and minority farmers. To advance these priorities, I traveled to Syracuse, N.Y., last week, where I was joined by my [...]

  • Aug 19, 2015 USDA Agencies Lead Local Food Discussion in Omaha
  • I was thrilled to join USDA colleagues at the first-of-its-kind “Local Foods for Local Tables” conference in Omaha, Neb., on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.  USDA Rural Development (RD) State Director Maxine Moul and the office of Congressman Brad Ashford led the effort to bring together groups and community members with the common goal of promoting [...]


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