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  • Oct 02, 2014 Fermentation Fest – Innovation and Creativity in Rural Wisconsin
  • As we enter the autumn season, the harvest is on most Wisconsinites’ minds.   I’m particularly excited to be participating in an upcoming gathering in Reedsburg where the Wormfarm Institute’s annual Fermentation Fest will be taking place from October 4th through the 13th.   In addition to workshops on cooking and fermenting food, and even homebrewing, this [...]

  • Oct 02, 2014 Continued Support for Local Food
  • Strong local food systems are one of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack’s four key pillars to revitalize rural economies.  On Monday, he announced the award of over $52 million to support local and regional food systems and the organic industry through five USDA grant programs. Most of the grants were authorized through the [...]

  • Sep 30, 2014 The Easy Way to Find Local Food – USDA Launches New Local Food Directories
  • What a great time of year to visit your local farmers market! From root crops such as beets, carrots and radishes to salad greens like Swiss chard, lettuce and spinach—farmers markets are full of fresh ingredients that you can use in your favorite fall recipes. My agency, the Agricultural Marketing Service, maintains the USDA’s National [...]

  • Sep 16, 2014 A Kentucky Professor Works to Improve Irrigation Efficiency, Soil Health in High Tunnels
  • Seasonal high tunnels have emerged in the past few years as an important tool for farmers wanting to extend their growing seasons. Right now, thanks to a Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA, a University of Kentucky professor is studying them – and how they can be made more efficient. Krista Jacobsen, an assistant professor of [...]

  • Sep 10, 2014 USDA Teams Up with Vermont Beef Producers to Provide Local Market Data
  • It wasn’t too long ago that beef was far less traveled, and families often put a side of beef away in the freezer for the winter. Modern day conveniences make beef and the beef buying experience more suitable to a faster pace of life, but old traditions are hard to let go. Across the board, [...]


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