April 12th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Making fresh local food more accessible to consumers and lucrative farmers is the goal of the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, introduced to Congress this week by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).
Read More:Senators Introduce Generous Bill: Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act of 2013
January 20th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The USDA has announced a low-interest microloan program intended to support small-scale local U.S. farmers that may not qualify for bank loans.
Read More:New USDA Loan Program Focuses on ‘Local’ Farmers
July 6th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
In efforts to raise money for local dairy farmers, New England states have partnered on a campaign that asks area colleges, universities and other institutions including the Vermont-based ice cream shop Ben & Jerry’s to charge more for milk. The “extra” money is being routed to the region’s struggling dairy farmers to help them stay in business.
Read More:Saving America’s Family Farms: How Much More Are You Willing to Pay for Milk?