Launch of GroupGAP

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the official launch of GroupGAP, a new certification program that helps small and mid-sized growers and cooperatives meet retailers’ on-farm food safety requirements. Find out more at this link…
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USDA conducting first local foods survey

From Fruit Growers News -The USDA has begun conducting the 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting this first-time survey to produce official benchmark data on the local food sector in the United States. The Local Food Marketing Practices Survey will ask producers for information on their production and local marketing of...
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Southern Region Cover Crop Conference Scheduled for July 18-19, 2016

Southern Region Cover Crop Conference Scheduled for July 18-19, 2016 Media Contact: Chris Reberg-Horton, CEFS Assistant Director of Collaborative Research: 919-515-7597 or [email protected] February 24, 2016: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GOLDSBORO, North Carolina — Mark your calendar for a two-day comprehensive cover crop conference for the South. Put on by the Center for Environmental...
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Farm Storage Facility Loans

from FSA Farm Storage Facility Loans FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities. The low-interest funds can be used to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole...
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Breaking New Ground

From FSA Updates Agricultural producers are reminded to consult with FSA and NRCS before breaking out new ground for production purposes as doing so without prior authorization may put a producer’s federal farm program benefits in jeopardy. This is especially true for land that must meet Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions. Producers with HEL determined soils are...
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