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  • Oct 29, 2014 Building Local Food Systems, Cooperatively
  • As part of USDA’s ongoing celebration of National Cooperatives Month, please join us for an upcoming webinar exploring the intersection of two important economic trends: a new wave of cooperative development and the rapid growth in demand for local foods. This webinar – The Role of Cooperatives in Local Food Systems Development, on Thursday, Oct. [...]

  • Oct 28, 2014 Organic 101: The National Organic Standards Board – Representing the Organic Community
  • From Shayla Bailey, USDA:  This is the twentieth installment of the Organic 101 series that explores different aspects of the USDA organic regulations. To mark the 20th milestone, USDA invited Dr. Jean Richardson, Chair of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), to be a guest author. The NOSB provides critical support to the USDA and [...]

  • Oct 23, 2014 Organic 101: “Organic” in the Brand Name…Organic in the Package
  • This is the nineteenth installment of the Organic 101 series that explores different aspects of the USDA organic regulations. When consumers see the word “organic” on a product package or label, they have expectations about what is inside the package.  The National Organic Program (NOP), part of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), protects the integrity of the organic label by [...]

  • Oct 22, 2014 U-ACRE Creates Food for Thought for Los Angeles Hispanic Community
  • Like a thirst-quenching watering hole in nearby Death Valley, the Fullerton Arboretum is an oasis in the Los Angeles metro area food desert. Located on the campus of California State University – Fullerton (CSUF), the arboretum is home to the Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE).  U-ACRE gives hands-on, community-based research experience to 15 undergraduate [...]

  • Oct 21, 2014 Farm to School: The Taste of Washington State
  • Students at Conway Elementary School, in Mount Vernon, Wash., learned a few things about carrots last week. First, they don’t start out as “babies” in bags; they grow in the ground and have green tops. And second, as the third grade boys can attest, they’re good for an impromptu sword fight. Bugs Bunny likes them [...]


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