Archive for the 'Comment Periods' Category

Minnesota Farmers Union Rural Issues Discussions

We have arranged 15 Rural Issues Discussions over a two week period, beginning next Monday, March 27 to have some serious discussions about what is on the minds of rural Minnesotans, ranging from health care (public option?) to local food, to Minnesota Grown, to ditch mowing, to hunger issues, to buffer zones, to beginning farmer programs, to food shelves, etc.

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Extension Survey: Economic Viability of Shared-Use Kitchens

Purdue Extension is reaching out to shared-use kitchen owners and managers across the U.S. who are interested in learning more about the impact of their kitchens on the local economy. Our research results should help you with some of the questions you receive. If you answer ‘yes’ to one or more of the questions below, please click to take our survey. Continue reading ‘Extension Survey: Economic Viability of Shared-Use Kitchens’

2018 Sustainable Farming Association Conference Topic Voting

The 2018 SFA Conference will be next Feb. 10 at St. Ben’s. The online survey tool for the 2018 Annual Conference is now live! Enter your session topic ideas and vote on your favorites right on the AC homepage.

Comment on Revisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing of Donated Foods

This rule proposes to revise and clarify requirements for the processing of donated foods in order to: Incorporate successful processing options tested in demonstration projects, ensure accountability for donated foods provided for processing, and increase program efficiency. Submit comments by April 5, 2017. Continue reading ‘Comment on Revisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing of Donated Foods’

Survey of Local & Regional Agricultural Production and Intermediated Markets

The study will examine the opportunities and risks of four main marketing opportunities for farmers—direct-to-consumer, direct-to-institution, direct-to-retail, and selling to intermediaries (such as distributors or food hubs), who in turn sell the products as local food. We are interested in all farmers’ perceptions of these markets, whether currently selling to these markets or not. Continue reading ‘Survey of Local & Regional Agricultural Production and Intermediated Markets’

Survey on Financial Benchmarks for Vegetable Farms

The University of Wisconsin and the Madison-based FairShare CSA Coalition have launched an online survey to develop financial benchmarks for fresh market vegetable farms. The goal is to get several hundred vegetable farms to complete the survey this winter. To take the survey, click here. Continue reading ‘Survey on Financial Benchmarks for Vegetable Farms’

Comment on National Organic Standards Board Topics

New members will join the rest of the NOSB at its spring meeting April 19 – 21 in Denver, Colo. The public comment period prior to that meeting is open through March 30. The board also will take public comments at a webinar April 13. See the agenda of topics and current proposals and access the comment opportunities at the NOSB spring meeting webpage: https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/nosb/meetings Continue reading ‘Comment on National Organic Standards Board Topics’


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