The Power of Statewide Farming Networks

A recent report by Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems studies the growth and achievements of the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG), an organization in Iowa committed to building long-term local agriculture commerce in the state.  The group is part of Value Chain Partnerships (VCP), an Iowa-based network of food- and agriculture-related working groups.  RFSWG serves as an umbrella group for Iowans working in... Read More

USDA grants available for farm marketing projects

Seeking opportunities to expand your marketing efforts and increase access to local foods? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting grant applicants for the 2012 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), according to a recent announcement by USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.  The agency is offering a total of $10 million in grant money for marketing operations such as farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture, and... Read More

Margaret Krome encourages food advocacy in MOSES keynote

In order to change the food system, farmers and sustainable food advocates must build grassroots power on the most vital issues, according to Margaret Krome. She was a keynote speaker at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) recent conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Krome, Policy Director at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin, told the MOSES participants that “the processes of government at the... Read More