The USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Program expects to announce a call for applications this April! This is a great opportunity to plan a value-added business or to help fund early stage working capital expenses. Grants of up to $75,000 for business planning and up to $200,000 for working capital were made last year. “Value-added” is defined quite […]
You can be a part of an effort to increase the diversity, resilience and flavor of our local food system! The Normal Seed Library and Grand Prairie Grain Guild are looking for a few good gardeners and farmers to help grow out rare seeds. This growing season is their first opportunity to start variety […]
CSP rewards producers for the conservation and environmental benefits they produce on their working agricultural lands; all private agricultural land, including cropland, pasture, and rangeland, is eligible to enroll in CSP. Additionally, the variety of conservation practices and program rules have been expanded this year to better represent a more diverse type of applicant in […]
Organic farmers and farmers who are transitioning to an organic operation have until June 1 to apply for a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program that can help them pay for conservation measures. And the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s ATTRA program staff can help them meet the deadline. NRCS has up to $50 million dollars to […]
Lundberg Family Farms® has launched a new initiative that will award up to $50,000 total in grants and scholarships. Raising Organic Family Farms will provide grants and scholarships in 2011 for beginning or transitioning organic farmers – from college students interested in sustainable agriculture programs to beginning farmers in need of seed money. Beginning August […]
Don’t miss it.. and sorry we were late to post! Field day 1:00pm-4:00pm Friday, September 9th Visit the farm of one of our organic leaders! Jack Erisman has been farming organically since 1990, and has developed a rotation that includes high value specialty food grade corn, as well as cover crops. His long rotation and […]
“The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled yesterday (6 September) that honey containing traces of genetically-modified (GM) products, even unintentionally, ‘must always be regarded as food produced from a GMO,’ paving the way for compensation claims to farmers whose crops were contaminated.” Read the full news report.
Link: http://1.usa.gov/l4zbEk The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking concerning the scheduled expiration of 12 substances allowed or prohibited for use in organic agriculture. The regulatory allowance or prohibition in organic production and handling of 12 specific substances will expire on November 3, 2013. The National Organic Program (NOP) […]