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  • May 27, 2015 Organic and Local Food Opportunities in New York
  • On June 2, 2015, USDA will join producers and local stakeholders to discuss opportunities in the Hudson Valley’s organic market.  Nationwide, organic sales reached more than $39 billion last year, and the number of certified operations grew by 5 percent to a total of 19,474 certified operations in the United States. Many organic wholesalers and [...]

  • May 19, 2015 Mobile Farms Move into Urban Settings
  • In the traditional sense, farming has always involved purchasing or leasing land to plow, plant, fertilize and harvest. As world population and land prices grow however, urban boundaries continue to expand, pushing farms and ranches farther away from the center of growing cities. At the same time, many consumers are more aware of where their [...]

  • May 14, 2015 Photo-Worthy Meals
  • They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the digital age we have ample opportunity to document and broadcast every moment, meeting and meal. We have all seen those unappetizing photos of food served at school that quickly go viral. A lonesome whole wheat bun atop a sad fish fillet; a mysterious-looking [...]

  • May 14, 2015 Walk, Run, Ride to the First USDA Farmers Market at Night
  • For 20 years, my agency, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), has managed the USDA Farmers Market.  It’s quite a milestone, and I’m thrilled to celebrate it this week by hosting the first night farmers market in Washington, DC!  There will be live music, food trucks, and an array of farmers, growers, and vendors offering cured [...]

  • May 13, 2015 USDA Fosters Market Transparency in Grass Fed Lamb and Goat Industry
  • According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, there are over five million head of sheep and lambs in the United States, and over 2.6 million head of goats. A growing trend is producing these animals using grass fed production systems, especially for small to mid-sized producers.   In response to the changing and widening marketplace, [...]

     

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