the irresistible fleet of bicycles


Leave a comment

usda develops label to verify “gmo free”

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.

USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of the genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

The certification is the first of its kind, would be voluntary — and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, the foods would be able to carry a “USDA Process Verified” label along with a claim that they are free of GMOs.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined the new certification in a May 1 letter to USDA employees, saying it was being done at the request of a “leading global company,” which he did not identify. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

A USDA spokesman confirmed that Vilsack sent the letter but declined to comment on the certification program. Vilsack said in the letter that the certification “will be announced soon, and other companies are already lining up to take advantage of this service.”

Companies can already put their own GMO-free labels on foods, but there are no government labels that only certify a food as GMO-free. Many companies use a private label developed by a nonprofit called the Non-GMO Project. The USDA organic label also certifies that foods are free of genetically modified ingredients, but many non-GMO foods aren’t organic. To read more, click HERE!


Leave a comment

fsa grant available to help socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers

FSA grant socially disadvantage

Grant applications are being accepted from eligible applicants to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers to own and operate farms and ranches. The grant will assist community-based organizations, higher education institutions and tribal entities in providing outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 25. Learn more.


Leave a comment

a helpful pdf publication by the usda: food value chains

Food Value Chains

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF

This document is designed to provide guidance on how food value chains are initiated and structured, how they function, and the benefits they provide to participants.  It addresses which characteristics are desirable—and not—when seeking appropriate value-chain partners, and provides examples of how participation in a food value chain can be advantageous to all members. Special attention is devoted to exploring how values-based operating principles are defined and maintained in a food value chain and how these values are successfully communicated to buyers and to the public. The document also addresses the issue of shared leadership and succession-planning strategies within value-chain partnerships.

 

 


Leave a comment

hurry and nominate a “champion of change” to go to the white house

The White House will be hosting a Champions of Change event to celebrate local agriculture leaders who are taking innovative approaches to support American farming and ranchingboth now and in the future.  These leaders will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase their actions to support the future of agriculture.

Today, we’re asking you to help us identify these standout local leaders by nominating a Champion of Change for the New Generation of American Agriculture by noon on Friday, April 18. These Champions may be:

  • 13760947455_ba1fe78231Beginning farmers and ranchers using innovative practices and techniques to create productive and sustainable farms and ranches that will feed people at home and abroad long into the future.
  • Producers, foresters, small-business owners, and scientists using Farm Bill programs to drive agricultural productivity and economic competitiveness.
  • Local leaders that are working to build new opportunities for those who want to work on the land, create innovation in the field of agriculture, support diversity in agriculture, and connect a new generation to their food, fiber, fuel, and agricultural neighbors.

Click on the link below to submit your nomination (be sure to choose “Future of American Agriculture” in the “Theme of Service” field of the nomination form).

Nominate a Champion of Change for the Future of American Agriculture

– See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/04/16/white-house-champions-of-change-for-the-future-of-american-agriculture/#sthash.As92WEJb.dpuf


Leave a comment

SARE library

SARE’s Library of Publications is Now Available on USB Drives.USDA

Whether you are in the field, on a flight or simply without an internet connection, SARE’s library of publications is just one click away. Now available on convenient USB drives, all of SARE’s publications, program materials, videos and selected regional materials can be easily accessed wherever you are. The drives are sold individually for $5 and in bundles of 10 for $40, plus shipping and handling. Order your USB drives now!

Browse SARE’s entire library of 13 books, 13 bulletins, 14 fact sheets and 15 videos, including:
Building a Sustainable Business
Managing Cover Crops Profitably
Clean Energy Farming
Profitable Poultry
Sustainable Control of Internal Parasites in Small Ruminant Production
Organic Insect Management in Sweet Corn
2013/2014 Report from the Field
…and more!
This easy-to-use USB drive is part of SARE’s ongoing effort to make its research and education materials more accessible and easily shared. Visit www.sare.org/WebStore to see what is included and to learn more about ordering USB drives and other SARE publications.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 686 other followers