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Produce Growers, Farmers, and Food Hubs Invited to Give Food Safety Input

The Local Food Safety Collaborative aims to provide specialized training, education, and outreach to farmers and food processors who serve local markets. Responses to this survey will help direct our resources to best enhance fundamental food safety knowledge and help small farmers and processors comply with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. Survey link: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8iUfvn4ovfllbk9 Continue reading ‘Produce Growers, Farmers, and Food Hubs Invited to Give Food Safety Input’

Listening Sessions on Draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule for Minnesota

 The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is scheduling two additional public listening sessions on a proposal for regulating the use of nitrogen fertilizer in Minnesota. The MDA is holding the public listening sessions throughout the state to discuss the proposed Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule. Written comments can be submitted at the listening sessions, through MDA’s website, or by mail. In addition to the Chatfield, Farmington, St. Cloud and Wadena locations, listening sessions are also being scheduled in McIntosh and St. Paul.   Continue reading ‘Listening Sessions on Draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule for Minnesota’

Survey on Future of Midwest Agriculture

A group of us are working to develop some scenarios of plausible futures for Midwest agriculture – desirable and otherwise. We are doing this to help increase focus on the future – a few decades out- in thinking about Midwest agriculture (and food, community, water, health, energy, etc.).  To help inform this work, we are circulating a community survey. Continue reading ‘Survey on Future of Midwest Agriculture’

Survey from U of MN Extension Small Farms Team: Expanding Farm Products Sales to New Markets

Expanding local produce, meat, dairy, and other farm product sales to new markets can be a challenge. We are working on a project that will get the perspective of local buyers at intermediate levels (co-ops, grocery stores, restaurants, food hubs, etc). If you’re a farmer or aspiring farmer who aims to sell products locally, please consider taking this survey. Your input will help us create a resource that best meets your needs and interests.  https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Ow5GhLxXBsJtSl Continue reading ‘Survey from U of MN Extension Small Farms Team: Expanding Farm Products Sales to New Markets’

Survey of Farmland Owners on Future of their Land

Farm owners have an opportunity to participate in a 5-minute questionaire for a USDA study led by the Kansas Rural Center and Indiana University, covering a 12-state region. This survey aims to learn how farm owners are thinking about future opportunities for their land, and how that compares to people who are looking for a farm of their own.

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APHIS Seeks Comments on Draft Pest Risk Assessment for Potato Tubers for Consumption from the United Kingdom

The government of the United Kingdom has asked USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize the importation of potato tubers for consumption into the continental United States.  Submit comments by July 20, 2017. Continue reading ‘APHIS Seeks Comments on Draft Pest Risk Assessment for Potato Tubers for Consumption from the United Kingdom’

Comment Period Open on Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms

USDA uses science-based regulatory systems to allow for the safe development, use, and trade of products derived from new agricultural technologies. USDA continues to regulate the importation, interstate movement, and field-testing of newly developed genetically engineered (GE) organisms that qualify as “regulated articles” to ensure they do not pose a threat to plant health before they can be commercialized. These science-based evaluations facilitate the safe introduction of new agricultural production options and enhance public and international confidence in these products. As a part of this effort, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will publish a proposed rule to revise its regulations regarding the regulation of GE organisms. Submit comments by June 19, 2017. Continue reading ‘Comment Period Open on Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms’


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