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Posted Apr 3, 2014 @ 8:03 AM
The Agriculture Act of 2014 provides more resources to urban and rural farmers and the development of healthy regional food systems than any Farm Bill in history. No piece of legislation can make everyone happy and the 2014 Farm Bill is no exception. Right after it passed, critics on the right and...
Posted Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:35 AM
Calm reigns in the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and it’s now the civil servants who are harried and sleep deprived as the tumbleweed of activity rolls down Capitol Hill to the Department of Agriculture headquarters on the National Mall.
Posted Mar 26, 2014 @ 1:47 PM
Recently, representatives from the White House Domestic Policy Council, the US Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Treasury joined representatives from various community projects from around the country to discuss how to increase healthy...
Posted Mar 25, 2014 @ 8:34 AM
Battle Creek, Michigan maps out its local food economy and celebrates second Good Food Summit March 29 Battle Creek, Michigan, has joined the ranks of other communities nationwide in profiling the community’s food system from farm to plate. Both the report and an executive summary are now...
Posted Mar 18, 2014 @ 8:00 AM
Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative (DFFC) is a group of 40 organizations developing ways to ensure that everyone in Detroit – especially the most vulnerable children – has access to affordable, healthy, locally grown food and opportunities to be physically active. DFFC recently...
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Posted Mar 11, 2014 @ 2:36 PM
WASHINGTON — The farm bill signed by President Obama last month was at first glance the usual boon for soybean growers, catfish farmers and their ilk. But closer examination reveals that the nation’s agriculture policy is increasingly more whole grain than white bread.
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Posted Mar 11, 2014 @ 11:55 AM
This is part of a series in which we’re asking what pragmatic steps we can take to make regional food systems more sustainable. We previously spoke with organic farmer Tom Willey, the people at Veritable Vegetable,  a Slow Money guy, and the folks trying to improve school lunches.
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Posted Feb 5, 2014 @ 2:37 PM
While many of you may have been indulging in post-Super Bowl analysis or poring over winter Olympic viewing schedules, hard core Farm Bill aficionados have had their sites focused on Congress, where the truly historic occurred last night. The Senate passed the Agriculture Act of 2014 and it’s...
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Posted Feb 5, 2014 @ 10:47 AM
Sen. Stabenow praises inclusion of healthy food incentives for increasing access to healthy food, supporting farmers and local economies.
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Posted Feb 4, 2014 @ 12:15 PM
Buried in more than 900 pages of the new farm bill is a small nationwide program that will ­allow low-income families to double their food stamp benefits at farmers markets.