Each month we do our best to highlight useful resources. We hope you enjoy what we've dug up!
A resource bulletin from Southern SARE featuring farmer experiences plus the latest research in a guide to raising chickens and turkeys using pens, movable fencing and pastures.
Each year, USDA agencies make long-term commodity projections used to prepare the President's budget and forecast farm program costs. The projections are released in February following release of the President's budget.
Resource Guide for Limited Resource Farmers
A guide to organizations, agencies, programs and other services that help farmers in North Carolina. Published by The Conservation Fund's Resourceful Communities Program
December 2013: Innovations in Local Food Enterprise: Fresh Ideas for a Just and Profitable Food System
Innovations in Local Food Enterprise: Fresh Ideas for a Just and Profitable Food Systemaddresses one of the most complex issues facing food access and regional food system development allies today: how can consumer price and producer cost meet in ways that transition healthy, local food from a privilege to a right? Innovations in Local Food Enterprise analyses and aggregates a collection of innovative solutions to overcoming difficult food access and food equity issues with a focus on market-based consumer-driven solutions for low-income underserved communities.
Access the report by clicking HERE.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition released a Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding. This guide is being released on the heels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement of $14 million in available funds for fiscal year 2012 for Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG). Applications for the competitive grants program are due at USDA State Rural Development offices by October 15, 2012.
October 2013: Unlocking the Power of the Consumer
2013 Financial Performance Report from PwC and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Growth strategies: Unlocking the power of the consumer.
This report addresses the question: how does one capitalize on the ephemeral relationship between consumer and CPG, whether it be via a social networking site visit, a retail partner in an emerging market, or a purchase from a company’s website?
September 2013: Thinking about hosting volunteers or work exchanges on your farm?
August 2013: From Farm to Fork: A Guide to Building North Carolina's Sustainable Food Economy
"The Farm to Fork initiative was designed to
engage a broad cross-section of interests and
also to advance a collective sense of priority actions. Identifying priorities in this context can be challenging, primarily because what we are trying to influence is a system, in which the success of the whole depends on proper functioning of interrelated parts." This report attempts to identify the needs and opportunities in North Carolina's food system that will help us progress towards a more sustainable food and farm future.
July 2013: A Community and Local Government Guide to Developing Local Food Systems in North Carolina
This 2013 guide from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) serves as a resource to help community members create a more local food economy.
The guide focuses on land use and planning issues that arise as elected officials, town managers, Cooperative Extension agents, and community leaders work together to establish local food systems in their communities.
June 2013: Locally Sourced Food Movement: A Study of Brands, Opportunity and Trust
"First in a series of research studies dedicated to advancing knowledge on the issues and trends most important to our agriculture and food system clients"
"On a deeper level, we want to fundamentally understand how people behave, why they behave that way and what influences their behavior..."
May 2013: Characteristics of Women Farm Operators and Their Farms
The share of U.S. farms operated by women nearly tripled over the past three decades. Using Census of Agriculture data from 1978 through 2007, this report provides detailed information about women farmers and the types of farms they operate.
Published April 2013
April 2013: The Fruit & Vegetable Program News
From the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Winter/Spring 2013 Edition. Includes information about the SPecialty Crops Inspection Division, USDA Market News, and more. Click the picture to learn more.
March 2013: How to Advocate Locally for Sustainable Food and Farms - A Brief How-To Manual
February 2013: Barriers to the Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Practices: Working Farmer and Change Agent Perspectives from Southern SARE
January 2013: Seed Saving as a Farm Enterprise by Holly Whitesides