At World’s Fair In Italy, The Future Of Food Is On The Table

MAY 31, 2015 7:34 AM ET Sylvia Poggioli http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/05/31/410074678/at-worlds-fair-in-italy-the-future-of-food-is-on-the-table For the next six months, Italy is hosting a dinner party — and the entire world is invited to attend. The event, called Expo Milano 2015, is the latest World's Fair. This year's theme is "feeding the planet, energy for life." The global population is projected … Continue reading At World’s Fair In Italy, The Future Of Food Is On The Table

Small Farmers Are Creating Resilient Local Food Systems Globally

Posted by: : Paul Ebeling Posted on: May 25, 2015: http://www.livetradingnews.com/small-farmers-are-creating-resilient-local-food-systems-globally-105722.htm#.VWjnIdJVikp Below is a discussion on how family farmers, food heroes, and organizations around the world are working to create resilient local food systems. The food system depends on a healthy environment, but poor agricultural practices are responsible for environmental degradation. Beekeepers continue to lose 30 percent of honeybee … Continue reading Small Farmers Are Creating Resilient Local Food Systems Globally

Welcome to the 4th Annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!

http://www.pbs.org/parents/lunchtimechallenge/home/ Do you have a child between the ages of 8-12? Can you imagine his or her recipe being featured in a cookbook? Or the two of you representing your home state at a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House this summer? If so, First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of … Continue reading Welcome to the 4th Annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!

Hungry for more University-community partnership seeks healthy food for all

http://nelson.wisc.edu/news/in-common/spring-summer2014/story.php?s=1465 Spring/Summer 2014 | By Meghan Lepisto The majority of food consumed in American cities is transported from at least 1,500 miles away. And yet, in urban areas like Detroit, more than half of the population is out of reach of fresh food, shopping for meals at the corner liquor store or convenience mart. As … Continue reading Hungry for more University-community partnership seeks healthy food for all

National Program Continues to Increase Local Foods in Schools and Provide New Economic Opportunities for Farmers and Ranchers

March 16, 2015 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release of a request for applications for the USDA's Fiscal Year 2016 round of Farm to School grants. Designed to increase the availability of local foods in eligible schools, these grants help new farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts, facilitating stronger … Continue reading National Program Continues to Increase Local Foods in Schools and Provide New Economic Opportunities for Farmers and Ranchers

Local Food Co-op Awards Nearly $15,000 in Micro-loans

March 18, 2015 ASHLAND, WI – Four local farms will receive micro-loans totaling close to $15,000 from the Chequamegon Food Co-op to help with farm-related projects this spring. The Co-op’s micro-loan program began in 2008 as a way for the cooperative grocery store to invest its profits in the local food system and to potentially … Continue reading Local Food Co-op Awards Nearly $15,000 in Micro-loans

UW Report: Demand For Organic Produce, Meat Is Outstripping Supply In Wisconsin

Report Also Finds That Organic Market Is Increasingly Dominated By Younger Farmers Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 10:40pm By Maureen McCollum A University of Wisconsin-Madison report says that the demand for organic produce and meat is outpacing the supply in Wisconsin. It also says that organic farming continues to attract younger and newer farmers in the … Continue reading UW Report: Demand For Organic Produce, Meat Is Outstripping Supply In Wisconsin

National Survey on Cover Crops Seeks Farmer Participation

Farmers are invited to share their thoughts on cover crops - whether or not they use cover crops themselves - in a national survey, now in its third year of collecting valuable data on the increasingly popular management practice. The results, which will be released this summer, will help growers, researchers, agricultural advisors, ag retailers … Continue reading National Survey on Cover Crops Seeks Farmer Participation

Local foods can boost economy

Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 7:00 am Frank Zufall, staff reporter, Sawyer County Reporter http://www.haywardwi.com/news/local/local-foods-can-boost-economy/article_80fe3a18-b178-11e4-8af8-5fb86af7a25d.html Ariga Grigoryan, community, natural resources and economic development agent for University of Wisconsin (UW)-Extension, told the Sawyer County Economic Development and UW-Extension Committee on Monday, Feb. 9, that growing and selling local foods is one way to stimulate the local … Continue reading Local foods can boost economy

Students create Campus Food Map and Sustainable Dining Guide

http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/news/story.php?story=2054 January 16, 2015, Madison A new Campus Food Map and Sustainable Dining Guide is now available online, created by a student team as part of the Environmental Studies 600 capstone course Consumer-Driven Sustainability. Environmental studies students Danielle Caputo, Jen Tirella and Russell Wagner created the interactive map with the goal of helping the UW-Madison campus … Continue reading Students create Campus Food Map and Sustainable Dining Guide

Local Food Network Connects Farmers to Consumers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    CONTACT:  Jane Hansen 715-339-5345 jane.hansen@ces.uwex.edu Diahann Lohr 920-261-5519 di@adunate.com Local Food Network Connects Farmers to Consumers by Diahann Lohr When nurseryman Adrian Lee wanted to donate 150 fruit trees, for the cost of grafting materials, to a school, food pantry or some other public entity, he sent word out via the Wisconsin … Continue reading Local Food Network Connects Farmers to Consumers

In the Field: Wisconsin uses Collective Impact to build sustainable food systems

http://www.fsg.org/FSGNews/NewsEventsDetails/ArticleId/637/In-the-Field-Wisconsin-uses-Collective-Impact-to-build-sustainable-food-systems.aspx Wisconsin Local Food Network uses CI to build sustainable, equitable, and resilient food systems. The WLFN is a collection of individuals and organizations that all share a common vision for Wisconsin: a state that offers communities and businesses a local food system that supports sustainable farms of all sizes, a strong infrastructure for those … Continue reading In the Field: Wisconsin uses Collective Impact to build sustainable food systems

Request for Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA); Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; Office of Regulations, Policy, and Social Sciences ITEM: Notice seeking nominations to serve on the Food Advisory Committee, which provides advice on emerging food safety, food science, nutrition, and other food-related health issues … Continue reading Request for Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee

New go-to career for New England’s young: Farming

http://news.msn.com/us/new-go-to-career-for-new-englands-young-farmingCRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Farming is hip in New England.Across the region, young people are choosing crops over cubicles, new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading.Farmers and industry experts agree New England is bucking a trend toward larger, but fewer, farms because many of its residents want to buy their … Continue reading New go-to career for New England’s young: Farming

Apply now for grants to grow local food markets

Release Date: August 18, 2014 Media Contact: Ann Marie Ames 608-224-5041 annmarie.ames@wi.govJim Dick, Communications Director 608-224-5020 jim.dick@wi.govMADISON – Since its inception in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program has generated $6 million in new local food sales. Farmers and others in Wisconsin’s food industry who want to grow their local markets are encouraged … Continue reading Apply now for grants to grow local food markets

Memorial for local foods crusader to take place August 6

July 23, 2014  http://www.americantowns.com/il/dekalb/news/memorial-for-local-foods-crusader-to-take-place-august-6-19883310Her colleagues at NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies knew that Sandra Streed had a lot of connections, but they didn’t fully recognize Streed’s stature in Chicago-area social justice movements until after her unexpected death last month.“Sandra was so modest, she never told us the extent of her involvement or the circles she ran in,” … Continue reading Memorial for local foods crusader to take place August 6

Project to evaluate how farmers markets benefit communities

July 9, 2014 A new project in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Farmer's Market Coalition will analyze the impact of farmers markets in communities. Alfonso Morales, associate professor in urban and regional planning, secured funding through the USDA to advance the Farmers Market Metrics Project, which will allow him and his team … Continue reading Project to evaluate how farmers markets benefit communities

Schools, distributors and farmers to get funding for local food technical assistance

Release Date: June 13, 2014                          Media Contact:  Ann Marie Ames 608-224-5041   annmarie.ames@wi.govJim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020 or jim.dick@wi.govMADISON –Seventeen Wisconsin schools, farms and food distributors will get one-on-one professional help to expand local markets, improve profitability and increase the amount of local food going in to local markets. The Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program at the Wisconsin … Continue reading Schools, distributors and farmers to get funding for local food technical assistance