Farm and Food News 9/30/11

Coalition announces 2012 Farm Bill conservation priorities

Policy and advocacy groups rallied Congress this week to put forth their vision for conservation funding in the next farm bill.

Farm bill educations

Did you know that the original farm bill was created as a temporary solution to help farmers during the Great Depression? The farm bill has evolved over time to include the disaster assistance, conservation and nutrition all under the same budget. Want to learn more about farm and food policy in the United States? Take our short quiz.

Flooded farmers look for new ways to stay in business

With flood damage still affecting farmland in the Northeast, some farmers have taken to other means to secure income. From fundraising fall fests on the farm to using websites to promote and sell unused (but still good) chicken feed, these farmers are reaching new levels of creativity.

Farmland preservation is on a roll in New York

New York state is experiencing a wealth of farmland protection activity. Dutchess and Columbia counties will be permanently preserving almost 700 acres of working farmland, thanks to funding from various sources. A 70-year old family-run farm in Westchester County has also received a farmland protection grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Virginia is for….locavores?

Charlottesville, Virginia, is making a name for itself as more than just the home of the University of Virginia. In fact, this city was called “locavore capital of the world” by Forbes magazine. With activities taking place across the state, from food festivals to extensive farm volunteer and donation programs, it looks like Virginia is taking the local food lead.

Visions of apple trees dancing in your head

Always wanted to own a neighborhood fruit orchard? Now could be your chance to have those dreams come true! The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is currently accepting applications nationwide from people looking to start their own community orchards.

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