September 26, 2017

  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 09/26/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp
    Remembering: Gus Schumacher, Food & Farming Hero (1940-2017)

    It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Gus Schumacher, Co-Founder & Founding Board Chair of Wholesome Wave, passed unexpectedly of heart failure on September 24. The good food movement, the agricultural sector, and the world at large has lost one of the most magnificent advocates ever known. Gus leaves an immeasurable legacy: his vision and work improved the lives of untold numbers of farmers and farms of all sizes, and eaters of all incomes. The world is a far better place because of him.

    Gus had farmers markets in his DNA. His great-grandfather, grandfather, and father all farmed in New York City and sold what they grew at city markets. Gus’s dad moved to Massachusetts and became one of the largest parsnip growers in the Commonwealth. Gus himself grew up on a farm in Lexington.

    Gus's passion for food justice was awakened one August afternoon in 1980. As Gus was loading up his brother’s truck at the end of the farmers market in Dorchester, a box of ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 09/26/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    A message from Deputy Administrator for the Specialty Crops Program Sonia Jimenez

    I would like to remind rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices stand ready and eager to help.

    Our sister agency, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), administers many safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish ProgramEmergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) and the Tree Assistance Program. The FSA Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. Producers located in counties that received a primary or contiguous disaster designation are ...

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  • Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 09/26/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

    Results of the 2016 Certified Organic Survey released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) show that U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities in 2016, up 23 percent from 2015. During the same year, the number of certified organic farms in the country increased 11 percent to 14,217, and the number of certified acres increased 15 percent to 5.0 million.

    Oklahoma had 2016 sales of $4.6 million in certified organic agricultural production compared with $2.1 million in 2015.

    “The survey provides a comprehensive look into certified organic agricultural production in Oklahoma and the rest of the nation,” said Troy Marshall, Oklahoma State Statistician.

    The survey results show the following about organic agriculture in Oklahoma in 2016:

    • Number of certified organic farms increased from 23 in 2015 to 34 in 2016 and acres rosefrom 6,082 to 18,008.
    • 29 farms had crop sales, 5 ...
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  • Carly Grether Posted on 09/19/2017 by Carly Grether

    NASDA is currently seeking applications for highly motivated public policy interns interested in learning about the legislation and regulations that impact American agriculture. There is one internship position available per semester and we are accepting applications for the upcoming spring semester (January - May). The deadline to apply for this semester is October 27, 2017. This full-time position is located in Arlington, Virginia.

    Applicants should be classified as a sophomore or greater by their academic institution and have excellent written and oral communication skills. A basic understanding of the legislative process is preferred but not required.

    Please click here for more information.

    Interns are paid for their time at NASDA but housing is not provided.

    Submit the following documents to Carly Grether carly@nasda.org on or before October 27, 2017Please note: All of the following documents are required to be considered:

    • Cover letter
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