New Marker Bill Promises Local Food Support

We are happy to announce the release of the new Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013!  The bill, introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Representative Chellie Pingree of Maine, addresses a range of farm bill titles, from extension programs to processing and distribution as it works to aid farmers and consumers on the local and regional level.  As you’ll recall, NYFC promoted the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act (LFFJA) introduced... Read More

USDA Announces Value-Added Producer Grants

Earlier this month, the USDA announced the awarding of over $40 million in grants through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. The funds went to 298 recipients in 44 states. In announcing them, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan drew a connection between the grants and President Obama’s call for promoting American jobs and economic growth, but she would not say whether the President would be calling for mandatory funding of the... Read More