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USDA Announces 2.0 Version of Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
USDA today unveiled an updated version of its Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. The KYF Compass is an interactive web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for local and regional food projects through successful producer, business and community case studies.
"Local food is a rapidly growing trend in American agriculture. It offers additional market opportunities for farmers, ranchers and food business entrepreneurs while enabling consumers to develop a deeper understanding of where their food comes from and how it is produced," said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. "The new stories and data in the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass offer a comprehensive look at the impact local food is having across the country."
House Ag Committee advances Farm Bill
Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma and Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota issued the following statements after the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012 by a vote of 35-11.
"Today marked an important step forward in the development of the next farm bill. I appreciate the efforts of my colleagues and the bipartisan nature in which this legislation was written and approved. This is a balanced, reform-minded, fiscally responsible bill that underscores our commitment to production agriculture and rural America, achieves real savings, and improves program efficiency, said Chairman Frank Lucas.
Lucas & Peterson release House Farm Bill
Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma and Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota released a discussion draft of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) today. FARRM is a bipartisan bill that saves taxpayers billions, reduces the nation's deficit, and repeals outdated policies while reforming, streamlining, and consolidating others. It is the product of a two-year process that examined every single policy under the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Agriculture. The legislation cuts spending, reduces the size of government, and makes common-sense reforms to agricultural policy.
Grape Mechanical Harvest Safety Training
The second annual Raisin and Wine Grape Mechanical Harvest Safety Training is set for Wednesday, July 18, at the C.P.D.E.S. Hall in Easton, located at 172 W. Jefferson Ave.
Training will be provided in both English and Spanish.
The free training for farm employees and supervisors will increase awareness and improve safety in the field during mechanical raisin and wine grape harvest. Trained participants are expected to pass the information on to the individuals they supervise.
USDA awards Organix NIFA grant for scalable, integrated anaerobic digester & fiber processing unit
Organix, Inc. of Walla Walla, Washington announced today that it has been awarded a USDA, National Food and Agriculture grant to develop a combined anaerobic digestion and aerobic conditioning system.
- Ag Committee's efforts for production Ag and rural America highlighted during business meeting
- The SGPA (global support to agricultural production): the per-capita farm support is close to three times higher in the United States than in the European Union
- A dozen reasons not to use the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list
- Applications are now being accepted for FAACT Leadership Development Program
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2012 Agriculture Stakeholder Conference: pests, pathways, and partnerships
The purpose of this two day conference is to discuss the future of Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) initiatives and to garner input on how CBP and APHIS can better serve stakeholder needs.
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U.S.-EU Organic Trade Partnership
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