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$18 Million Available to Support Training for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

The US Department of Agriculture announced more than $18 million in funding available to support training, mentoring, and development of beginning farmers and ranchers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
 
We helped create and advocate for this program in the 2002 Farm Bill. It was finally funded in the 2008 Farm Bill.
 

Wind Energy and Transmission Expansion Opposition

Part 5 of our Primer on Renewable Energy and Transmission takes us back to a March day when writer Loren Flaugh encountered his first serious opponent to wind energy expansion in Iowa.

I was in Sioux County, Iowa, at Rock Valley accompanying my wife to a meeting she attended. Rock Valley City Hall is just two doors down. Completely out of the blue, I walked in and asked the whereabouts of any economic development director. A clerk yelled back and out he wandered.

Fresh, Local Ingredients Part of After-School Program

An innovative approach has taken place with Farm to (After) School in Fremont, Nebraska. Fremont’s k-4th graders, 250 of them, are tasting and working with fresh, real, local ingredients after their school day has ended. Leah Hladik, program director for this special effort, makes it a priority to promote enriching, hands-on experiences with the students, and Farm to School activities are a natural fit. 

Conservation Stewardship Program Improvements Needed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public comments on recent changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The program, the most significant leap in conservation policy in a decade, was designed to reward top-notch conservation already on the ground, as well as incentivize the integration of new and innovative conservation systems that protect and enhance the quality of our soil, water and air.

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