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  • 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 [...]

  • Aug 19, 2015 It’s County Fair Time at the USDA Farmers Market at Night
  • August is prime time for city, county and state agricultural fairs! These fun summertime events bring communities together.  Farmers markets also are an increasingly popular community gathering spot. So, what would happen if the fair theme was combined with a farmers market?  You would get County Fair Time at the USDA Farmers Market at Night on [...]

  • Aug 18, 2015 High Tunnels Helps Community Supported Agriculture Farm
  • Somewhat hidden in Livingston County, Illinois is a five-acre farm that is reminiscent of farms years ago. With assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the farm is able to maintain a diversified operation with agritourism features and run a CSA ­– or Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is a way for consumers [...]

  • Aug 10, 2015 Vermont’s Farm to Ballet Project Shines the Spotlight on Conservation
  • Vermont’s agricultural history will soon be enriched as a new Farm to Ballet project aims to celebrate the state’s farming culture and expose a new audience to the beauty of classical ballet. The endeavor is the brainchild of former professional dancer and Vermont native Chatch Pregger. His farm-based ballet tells the story of a Vermont [...]

     

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