Farm and Food News

USDA steps up for Small Farmers

On March 10th, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan program that will benefit the growing number of smaller farmers seeking to access opportunities in local and regional food system growth.

Food Safety Rules Go Back to the Drawing Board for Improvement

Several months ago, we reported that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had written rules as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act. We also reported the rules were potentially hurtful to small, diverse, organic, or sustainable family farmers.

In response, we submitted comments to FDA on how the rules must be better. Without improvements, many farms and food entrepreneurs may have gone out of business.

Farmers and Ranchers are on the Front Lines of Climate Change

My favorite part of my job at the Center for Rural Affairs is talking to rural people about issues that impact their lives. Sometimes these issues are less controversial, like encouraging young people and minorities to get started in farming, or providing assistance to disabled veterans who are rebuilding their lives in small towns with second careers in agriculture.

These are the easy conversations, ones that make you feel warm and fuzzy and inspire me to keep going as an organizer.

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