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Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program

This week, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition released an updated version of its Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program, which is available for free on NSAC’s website, Continue reading ‘Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program’


Food Safety Plan Builder for Small Manufacturing Facilities

To help businesses meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing a new software tool to help owners and operators of food facilities create a food safety plan specific to their facilities.The Food Safety Plan Builder (FSPB) is a free software application, developed by FDA,  that businesses can download from the FDA’s website to guide them, step-by-step, through the creation of a food safety plan, as required by FSMA. Continue reading ‘Food Safety Plan Builder for Small Manufacturing Facilities’

APHIS Search Tool for Animal Welfare Act Compliance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is pleased to announce the rollout of the refined public search tool that provides access to Animal Welfare Act compliance records. The public search tool is a component of the Animal Care Information System (ACIS) and will allow APHIS to make animal welfare information publicly available and ensure compliance with all applicable laws*. Continue reading ‘APHIS Search Tool for Animal Welfare Act Compliance’

Growing Local: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems

American Farmland Trust and Growing Food Connections announced the publication of GROWING LOCAL: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems. The national guide showcases ways communities can strengthen their food systems through planning, policy and public investment. It includes the most comprehensive collection of local policies ever assembled to support local farms and ranches, improve access to healthy food, and develop needed distribution and infrastructure. Written for farmers, community residents and food policy councils, as well as planners and local government officials, this practical guide highlights real life examples of ways communities are growing food connections from field to fork. Continue reading ‘Growing Local: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems’

Free SARE Books, Bulletins Available to Nonprofit Educators

Looking for educational materials to supplement your next farm tour, workshop or conference program? SARE books, bulletins and promotional materials are available at no cost to nonprofit organizations hosting sustainable agriculture educational programs for 10 or more farmers, ranchers or agricultural educators. A limit of 25 free books per organization per year applies. Continue reading ‘Free SARE Books, Bulletins Available to Nonprofit Educators’

Environmental Working Group’s National Tap Water Database

EWG researchers spent the last two years collecting data from state agencies and the EPA for drinking water tests conducted from 2010 to 2015 by 48,712 water utilities in all 50 states and D.C. Continue reading ‘Environmental Working Group’s National Tap Water Database’

Agritourism: Keeping Your Visitors Happy and Healthy

As a collaborative team, UMASH and the MDH have developed resources to promote health and safety on the farm. These resources include educational posters, fact sheets and videos to highlight the importance of handwashing and to show how you can prepare and plan for guests on the farm.  These resources can be found on the UMASH website. Continue reading ‘Agritourism: Keeping Your Visitors Happy and Healthy’

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