Policy News

Learn more about the federal, state and local policies that impact our region, and how you can get involved.

Jun 27, 2016

The USDA's Section 2501 Program is the agency's only farm bill program dedicated to addressing the needs of family farmers and ranchers of color. Applications are due July 29.

May 26, 2016

Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee passed their funding bill for USDA and FDA. Read what's in store for sustainable farm and food system priorities.

May 25, 2016

The House Education and Workforce Committee passed the 2016 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act amidst advocate and lawmaker concerns.

May 16, 2016

RMA announced $8.7 million in cooperative agreements funds for projects that improve underserved farmers' access to risk management tools.

May 11, 2016

A report-back from our friends at the Organic Farming Research Foundation

May 09, 2016

Thanks to new federal rules, farmers serving local and regional markets will have more options to finance the storage facilities and equipment they need for a successful operation.

May 06, 2016

Organic farmers, ranchers, and handlers — get reimbursed for your certification costs.

Apr 21, 2016

Find out about key USDA grants to fund your farm and food systems work!

Apr 19, 2016

New England Farmers Union and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) are conducting a survey of farmers to better understand how they use untreated or raw manure on their farms.

Apr 17, 2016

Study will provide new data on locally grown and sold foods.