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Farm and Food News 11/18/11

Farm bill progress under wraps

Leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have signaled that they are near complete on a proposed five-year plan for farm and food policy to be added to deficit-reduction recommendations due November 23. If this date is not met then the farm bill moves onto sequestration, meaning automatic reductions will be made. Have more farm bill questions? Visit www.farmbillfacts.org.

Young farmers in search of land and funds

A report from the National Young Farmers’ Coalition details the biggest challenges faced by young and beginning farmers based on a survey of 1,300 individuals.

An increasing number of programs exist for educating beginning farmers and ranchers, but access to loans and land is often difficult, and obstacles remain in continuing to attract a younger generation to farming.

Local food purchasing turns out to be a huge marketplace

According to a new study from USDA, consumer preference for “local” produce  is paying off for some farmers, at the tune of $4.8 billion per year in total revenue. These sales are expected to continue to increase.

A push for wider access to fresh food

Baltimore is pushing for SNAP benefits to be accepted widely at farmers markets so that users have access to healthy food. The goal is to benefit Maryland farmers with an increase in revenue and to provide more Baltimoreans with healthy food alternatives.

Discussion on the table

While the farm-to-table movement is in full swing, many chefs are still finding it extremely difficult to source food completely locally.

Want to preserve your farmland?

If you are interested in learning about how to preserve your farmland, Canterbury Community Center in Connecticut is holding a free workshop to enhance your knowledge. It will be held on November 29 from 6:30 to 9 pm.

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Eat, Drink and Savor Your Farmland During Dine Out for Farms

The fall season brings with it new produce to fill our refrigerators and tables. Across the country, we bite into crisp sweet apples and start getting reacquainted with our ovens. With restaurants increasingly using more local products and farm fresh ingredients, you can now find your favorite seasonal flavors when you are dining out.

American Farmland Trust is celebrating delicious food and the farmers and land needed to grow it—while giving diners and restaurants a great way to support farms and farmland—during our second annual Dine Out for FarmsTM week from October 16 to 22. With participating restaurants in 22 states and Washington, D.C.—from Seattle, Washington, to Charleston, South Carolina—a wide range of locally sourced ingredients and dishes can be found to suit many tastes.

Dine Out for FarmsTM restaurants are participating in a variety of ways. Check out your closest participating Dine Out for FarmsTM location and join the cause to help save farms and farmland. A special thanks goes out to our “Farmers’ Champion” restaurants: Founding Farmers, Jaleo, and Café Milano in the Washington, D.C. area and Galletto Ristorante in Modesto, California.

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We’d also love to hear what farm fresh meals you are enjoying at participating restaurants during Dine Out for Farms TM week! Please share in the comments section below or join the conversation on Twitter at #dine4farms.

About the Authors: Delancey Nelson is a Marketing Intern with American Farmland Trust. She has worked on numerous farms and vineyards abroad and holds a degree in Historic Preservation and Community Planning from the College of Charleston. She is also the market manager of the Lauraville Farmers Market in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Farm and Food News 9/23/11

Merced farmers sell land to preserve agriculture

The Central Valley Farmland Trust recently secured another 211 acres of protected farmland in California. The protection of 12,500 total acres in the valley is due in part to federal funds from the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program and through state support.

Cultivating community

In Denton County, Texas, rising interest in local food has brought consumers and farmers together through community supported agriculture (CSA).  Some of the CSA partners include restaurants and even a music venue.

The Farm Bill course at NYU

Farm and food policies are taking center stage in the Big Apple with a new course on the farm bill offered this fall at New York University. Marion Nestle is leading the course, which will cover nutrition, public health, environmental studies and the law.

Ingredients film awakens students to better eating

A new documentary, Ingredients, highlights local farms and food and the benefits of seasonal eating. The film points to the eating local trend as one that increases interest in farming.

See preserved farms on Scenic Hudson cycling tour

Scenic Hudson is providing a unique way to enjoy a fall weekend by offering its third annual Farmland Cycling Tour in New York’s Hudson Valley. The tour offers four options to see farms protected by conservation easements.

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