FSMA Update: FDA Finalizes the Produce Rule

By Eric Hansen, NYFC Policy Analyst  This is what we have all been waiting for, at least those of us with a stake in farm policy. On November 13 , the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final version of Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, commonly known as the Produce Rule. This is the last new regulation we have been tracking under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The... Read More

FDA Begins Finalizing Food Safety Rules

Noe of City Grown Seattle, harvesting chard. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began finalizing the new food safety rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). NYFC and our partners have been working on these rules for the past few years, and together or coalition provided FDA with a lot of feedback about how the rules could be effective without creating an unreasonable burden for farmers. You can check out some of our past... Read More

BOOTSTRAP @ FORAGER FARM – WHERE POLICY MEETS THE NEW FARM

By Hannah Moser of Forager Farm As a first-year farm selling direct-to-consumer vegetables policy is not something we’ve had to deal much with as of yet. However, the overarching Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA rules still to be implemented tend to hang over the decisions we make as a farm in the next couple of years. We have plans of integrating livestock into our vegetable operation, including a small goat dairy as well as laying hens and... Read More

New Farmer Legal Resources from Farm Commons

Graphic courtesy of farmcommons.org. A quick message from farming attorney extraordinaire Rachel Armstrong about new resources available from Farm Commons. Hello Farmers and Food Advocates, We all know how vital good food safety practices are to our community of farmers and eaters. But, bad things can still happen to the best of farmers. Farm Commons has just released a new, detailed guide to the legal aspects of a farm-related food safety incident.... Read More

Farm Commons Law Webinar Coming Up – Developing a Good Buyer Relationship

The latest Farm Law Webinar is coming up for beginning farmers (and experienced farmers alike!) interested in learning more about how the law impacts their farm. Farm Commons is an organization dedicated to providing proactive legal services for sustainable agriculture, and we’re thrilled to help promote this webinar project. Read More  Read More

Upcoming Free Legal Webinars for Farmers

This winter, Farm Commons will offer free webinars on legal issues for farmers who market their product directly to consumers. Direct-to-consumer farmers are building a new food system, but farmers and advocates alike often don’t realize the unique laws and regulations that affect these unique farm operations. Addressing these potential issues before problems grow is essential to the growth of a stable, resilient community of farmers. The line-up... Read More

Giving Thanks for Grassroots Success

A letter-writing event organized by the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition. We hope your Thanksgiving holiday was lovely – filled with delicious (and local!) food and wonderful community. Now that the food safety comment period is closed, this seems like an appropriate point to express our thanks for the amazing outpouring of enthusiasm and organizing zeal that spread like wildfire across the country to gather comments and host events for... Read More

FDA Extends Food Safety Commenting Period One Week!

Yes, you read that right.  There have been a series of difficulties over the past week in accessing the regulations.gov website to submit comments on the proposed food safety regulations, so the FDA has announced a one week extension – comments are now due at 11:59 PM EST on next Friday, November 22.  Have you been thinking to yourself, “I really wish I’d gotten my comment in, but I didn’t have time to get up to speed”? ... Read More

NYFC November 2013 Newsletter

  November is #FarmerHeroes month!  We’re celebrating a few farmer-members who represent our incredible network of bold, passionate, young farmers providing great food for their communities. Follow #FarmerHeroes this month on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Want to be a super hero?  Take a few minutes today to send a comment to the FDA to fix the food safety rules.  Deadline is Friday. Then, kickstart your winter business planning... Read More

NYFC October Newsletter: Jobs, Forum Experts, Farm Hack, Food Safety Action

  This has been an incredible month for our coalition. We took a stand on affordable land access in the NY Times, we are working together to change new food safety rules that threaten our farms and Farm Hack is now its own organization! We’re gathering this weekend for Farm Hack Colorado and are gearing up to prep you for next season with job postings and events.  From top to bottom, this newsletter will catch you up on a busy... Read More

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