|USDA Commits $56 Million for Local and Community Food Projects, Organic Research|
USDA - 9/28/2016. At the New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $56 million in grants to strengthen local and regional food systems, support farmers markets, and fund organic research. Since 2009, USDA has invested over $1 billion in more than 40,000 local food businesses and infrastructure projects.
|Organic Center collaborates in USDA-funded grants to advance organic|
The Organic Center - 9/28/2016. The issues facing today's organic sector are diverse and range from questions arising in organic fields and processing plants to conference halls and research laboratories. The Organic Center is thrilled to collaborate in three wide-ranging grants totaling over $2 million that will address key needs of today's organic industry. The grants were announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and will be funded by the agency's Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).
|OFRF Organic Farmer Survey Identifies Top Challenges|
Organic Farming Research Foundation - 9/28/2016. Today, OFRF released its 2016 National Organic Research Agenda. The report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenges facing today’s organic farmers and the top priorities for future research, will serve as a key tool in advocating for increased public investment in organic agriculture.
|Meeting new people, gathering new ideas and expanding minds at Common Ground Fair|
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 9/27/2016. By Faith Diaz - The Common Ground Fair is one of the largest attractions held in Maine, drawing in over 60,000 participants annually. It is an opportunity to see citizens from all across Maine join together to enjoy Maine's rich history and traditions. Held in the small town of Unity, which has a population of 2,099, the fair continues to be a success year after year, growing from 63,330 participants in 2007 to 65,098 as of 2015. What is it exactly that keeps fair goers coming year after year.