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Soil to Sky of Agroecology vs Industrial Agriculture

Soil to Sky of Agroecology vs Industrial Agriculture | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
Agroecology Group from the UK just released this Soil to Sky infographic created by The Christensen Fund comparing agroecology to industrial agriculture, following the impact from the soil through ...
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AGree Publishes NSAC Paper on Reorienting Federal Research – NSAC

AGree Publishes NSAC Paper on Reorienting Federal Research – NSAC | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
AGree, an initiative to address critical challenges facing the food and agricultural system through long-term, collaborative engagement, recently publ
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Upcoming Report on Food Hub Feasibility

Upcoming Report on Food Hub Feasibility | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
SALAMANCA — Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board announces the release of the results of a six-month feasibility study that...
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Senate and House Farm Bills by the Numbers – NSAC

Senate and House Farm Bills by the Numbers – NSAC | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
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Read this to catch up on the nitty gritty of farm bill funding and get ready for more Senate action this week! Be sure to sign up for action alerts so you can be in the loop when action is needed from Michigan's grassroots!

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Conservation Buffer and Wildlife Habitat CRP Enrollment Starting Again – NSAC

Conservation Buffer and Wildlife Habitat CRP Enrollment Starting Again – NSAC | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has issued a notice to its state and local offices that on May 13, 2013, FSA will once again begin accepting offers f
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Support for local food systems? Brilliant.

Support for local food systems? Brilliant. | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
There's plenty of Farm Bill news from DC these days. Hopeful proposals are in the works that support local food economies, family farms and conservation. But we still have lots of work to do to pr
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Local farmers provide fresh produce

Local farmers provide fresh produce | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
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"Vicki and Tom Zilke, owners and operators of Zilke Vegetable Farm in Milan, are gearing up for the growing season.  The homestead has three hoop houses and the couple is busy preparing the beds with compost and seeding trays. No fertilizer is used, as the Zilke produce is certified naturally grown."

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GO-FARM Legislation Re-Introduced: New Loan Fund to Support Local Farms and Jobs – NSAC

GO-FARM Legislation Re-Introduced: New Loan Fund to Support Local Farms and Jobs – NSAC | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
Guest Blog -- We want to thank  Bob Junk, Local Economy Manager with Fay-Penn Economic Development Council for preparing this blog post.  Fay-Penn is
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Reducing Food Waste by Accepting “Wonky” Vegetables

Reducing Food Waste by Accepting “Wonky” Vegetables | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it

Supermarkets are wasting huge amounts of food by refusing to sell aesthetically imperfect produce. How can we resolve this?


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Farmers Frustrated By Farm Bill Extension : NPR

Farmers Frustrated By Farm Bill Extension : NPR | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
Farmers and ranchers across the country expected to start 2013 with a new farm bill, the legislation setting agricultural policy for the next five years.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, January 3, 2013 2:51 PM

We're watching the Farm Bill closely.  The provisions of this bill have far-reaching implications for the agricultural community AND everyone else.

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Ag Forum: Farm Bill — Get it done

Ag Forum: Farm Bill — Get it done | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
TRAVERSE CITY — It’s hard to believe that we are just one month away from the Farm Bill expiring and yet highly partisan, polarized factions of Congre
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Senate Appropriations Committee Passes 2014 Agriculture Funding Bill – NSAC

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes 2014 Agriculture Funding Bill – NSAC | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee marked up their agriculture spending bill for fiscal year 2
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Senate Passes 2013 Farm Bill, Attention Turns to the House – NSAC

Senate Passes 2013 Farm Bill, Attention Turns to the House – NSAC | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
On Monday evening, June 10, the Senate passed its version of the 2013 Farm Bill by a vote of 66-27.  The bill passed with strong bipartisan support, a
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Double Up Food Bucks for the Win-Win: Healthy Food Incentives Boost Healthy Food Access and Local Economies | Fair Food Network

Double Up Food Bucks for the Win-Win: Healthy Food Incentives Boost Healthy Food Access and Local Economies | Fair Food Network | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
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Lawmakers Announce Plans for 2013 Farm Bill – NSAC

Lawmakers Announce Plans for 2013 Farm Bill – NSAC | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
This week, Agriculture Committee leaders announced plans for starting the 2013 Farm Bill process.  Because a new Congress started this year, Congress
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USDA ERS - Chart: ERS revises its farm typology

USDA ERS - Chart: ERS revises its farm typology | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it

"Nearly 15 years have passed since ERS first released its farm typology to classify farms into relatively homogeneous groups based on their gross farm sales, the primary occupation of their operators, and family farm status. A recent update to the ERS farm typology reflects commodity price inflation and structural changes in production that have occurred over time. In response to these changes, ERS recalibrated the size thresholds used in its farm typology, reduced aggregation among large farms, and changed its sales measure to reflect the growth in production contracts. To better reflect income earned by farm operators, we now measure farm size by gross cash farm income (GCFI)—the total revenue received by a farm business in a given year; after adjusting inflation, the new size thresholds for small, midsize, and large farms are as specified in the graph. Using the updated typology, 91 percent of U.S. farms were classified as small in 2010, and accounted for about 29 percent of the value of U.S. farm production. Large-scale family farms under the new typology—less than 2 percent of all farms—accounted for a disproportionately large 34-percent share of the value of production. This chart is based on table 9 in the ERS report, Updating the ERS Farm Typology, EIB-110, April 2013." 

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Comment Period for New Food Safety Regulations Extended – NSAC

Comment Period for New Food Safety Regulations Extended – NSAC | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
At a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing today, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Hamburg said that the comment perio
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See this post from Michigan Voices for Good Food Policy for more information! http://migoodfoodpolicy.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/food-safety-modernization-act-learn-more-and-act-today/

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Russians Proving That Small-Scale, Organic Gardening Can Feed the World | Reclaim, Grow, Sustain

Russians Proving That Small-Scale, Organic Gardening Can Feed the World | Reclaim, Grow, Sustain | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, April 7, 2013 7:22 PM

Thanks to friend and MLUI board member Chip Hoagland for this one.  Who'da thunk the Russians would have it all over the US in organic solutions?  

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The Agroecology of Urban Farming | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy

The Agroecology of Urban Farming | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy | Washtenaw Food News | Scoop.it
The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First shapes how people think by analyzing the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and developing solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.

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