|Farm Storage Loans Expanded to Help Farmers Reach Local Food Markets|
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 4/29/2016. Small and mid-scale family farms operating in burgeoning local and regional food markets received some welcome news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that their Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program can now help finance portable storage structures, portable equipment, and storage and handling trucks in addition to continuing its longstanding capacity to finance stationary crop and cold storage on-farm facilities.
|Organic Trade Association supports manure research|
The Packer - 4/28/2016. By Melissa Shipman - The Organic Trade Association has a plan to convince the Food and Drug Administration that a nine-month waiting period for growing areas after application of untreated biological soil amendments of animal origin, such as raw manure, would cause harm to organic growers.
|Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens plans major expansion|
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2016. By Beth Brogan - A 22,000-square-foot glass conservatory, expanded gardens and year-round visitation are among the key features of a 20-year master plan that Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens hopes will launch in the fall of 2017.