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  • Apr 18, 2014 Secretary’s Column: Farm Bill Supports Specialty Crop Growers, Improves Access to Healthy Food
  • The 2014 Farm Bill has already set in motion and accomplished so much for our country. With historic support for specialty crop producers across the country, the bill will touch every one of our lives through one of the most basic of human needs: food. Specialty crops make up the bulk of what we eat—all [...]

  • Apr 16, 2014 Local Combines with American Grown
  • Quickly assembling tortilla wraps for hungry students is a hard job. I learned this first hand recently at Stone Spring Elementary in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mary Lou, Ott and Jean, the cafeteria staff responsible for preparing and serving school meals every day, took control of the kitchen, quickly assembling 300 turkey wraps while I clumsily tried [...]

  • Apr 10, 2014 Iowa Veteran, Farmer and Local-Foods Advocate Recognized by White House as a “Champion of Change”
  • Sonia Kendrick, who founded Feed Iowa First, a non-profit organization in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was among a small group of local leaders across the nation recognized by the White House recently as “Women Veteran Leader Champions of Change.” The event on March 25 honored women veterans, highlighting their incredible contributions to the country’s business, public [...]

  • Apr 08, 2014 In Indiana, the Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program Opens Meatier Markets for Small Processors
  • Lou’s Gourmet Sausage, a small family business run by the Vinciguerra brothers of Cleveland, Ohio, takes sausage seriously.  For over fifty years, the company has been supplying Cleveland restaurants and grocery stores with Sicilian, Andouille, Cajun, mild and hot chicken and veal sausages. But despite strong demand for its products, it took a USDA program [...]

  • Apr 04, 2014 Farmers Market Managers: Update or Add Your Listing to the National Directory
  • Located in Virginia’s horse country, just an hour outside of Washington, DC, is the historic town of Middleburg. Deeply embedded in the town’s roots is a vibrant agricultural sector that is the driving force behind this small community’s success. Each Saturday morning from the spring through the fall, you can find a variety of fresh [...]


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