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  • Jul 23, 2014 In Colorado, Partnerships Bloom in Support of Regional Food Systems
  • This summer, USDA is highlighting partnerships to invest in the future of rural America. Our partners work with us year after year to leverage resources and grow economic opportunities. They are the key to ensuring our rural communities thrive. Follow more of our stories on Twitter at @USDA or using the hashtag #RuralPartners. Strong local [...]

  • Jul 21, 2014 On the Road to Success for Local and Regional Food
  • Rivers, roads and rails—the shortest distance between two points is not always a straight line. Finding the best path forward can be difficult as city traffic gets worse each year, frustrating commuters and thwarting deliveries. Also in the transportation mix are farmers traveling the same roads trying to bring the freshest produce to city markets.  [...]

  • Jul 14, 2014 South Carolina Farmer Honors Great-Grandfather’s Conservation Ethic
  • Hallie Robinson farms a small piece of land with an enormous amount of energy and excitement. She and her husband, William Robinson, farm three acres of vegetables and raise ducks, geese, goats and cows in Lee County, S.C. They moved to the farm in 1979, and much of her farm knowledge comes from her great-grandfather, [...]

  • Jul 10, 2014 Delivering Along the Food Value Chain
  • A recent trip back home to Louisiana sparked memories of a simpler time when old trucks full of fresh produce rumbled down dusty roads to deliver goods to the local market. The 2012 Census of Agriculture tells us that 150,000 farmers and ranchers nationwide are now selling to local retailers and that 50,000 of them [...]

  • Jun 25, 2014 Small Farmers Share Land, a High Tunnel and Knowledge
  • When Jim and Nancy Faulkner bought their small farm in Boxborough, Mass. in 2009, the place was a mess. Buildings were falling down, the soil was poor and the land was covered with invasive plants. Nonetheless, they wanted to turn it into a sustainable farm. Help came from two very different directions: a government agency [...]


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