Scholarships Available for GAPs Online Course

We have 3 scholarships to pay for fruit and vegetable farmers who farm in Minnesota to take the GAPs Online Produce Safety Course from Cornell University this summer ($190 value).  The next session will be May 11 – 31st. For more dates and registration information please see our website: http://safety.cfans.umn.edu/

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USDA Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets. Continue reading ‘USDA Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment’

Seeking Trout for Aquaponics Start-up

I’m in the market for a few trout to put in my prototype aquaponics system. Anyone with leads on how to get a hold of 3-6 native trout should send me an email. Continue reading ‘Seeking Trout for Aquaponics Start-up’

FDA to Extend Comment Period on Request for Scientific Data, Information, and Public Comments on Assessing the Risk of Human Illness Associated with Raw Manure as Fertilizer

In response to multiple requests from stakeholders, the FDA is extending the comment period for public input to assist FDA in its plan to develop a risk assessment evaluating the risk of human illness associated with the consumption of produce grown in fields on which raw manure (or other untreated biological soil amendments of animal origin) is used as fertilizer. The agency is extending the comment period by 60 days, to July 5, 2016.  Continue reading ‘FDA to Extend Comment Period on Request for Scientific Data, Information, and Public Comments on Assessing the Risk of Human Illness Associated with Raw Manure as Fertilizer’

ATTRAGRAM Photo Contest

As part of our 40th anniversary celebration, the National Center for Appropriate Technology is sponsoring a photo contest celebrating the beauty of sustainable agriculture. Submit photos by June 15, 2016. Continue reading ‘ATTRAGRAM Photo Contest’

Northeast Regional Food Safety Center Administrator Position Available

The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) at University of Vermont  Extension seeks a Center Administrator. The successful candidate will oversee daily operations of NECAFS, a nascent regional network and educational center. Continue reading ‘Northeast Regional Food Safety Center Administrator Position Available’

Slow Money Networking Event

If you are a farmer or farmer co-op and have a business plan that needs financing and would be interested in talking to attendees at the Slow Money event on May 3, please contact eli@rtcinfo.org. We have several spaces available during the networking part of the evening. Continue reading ‘Slow Money Networking Event’



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