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Specialty crop, farmers market promotion grants announced

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan this week announced grants for specialty crop research and for the promotion of farmers markets. Read More...

USDA: More farmers markets, but few deal with SNAP

More than 1,000 new farmers markets have opened across the country in the past year, but the percentage of all markets that accept SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits remains small, the Agriculture Department reported today. Read More...

Food, Inc. director urges food democracy

In a city with a constant stream of dull agricultural conferences that make their invited audiences feel good about themselves, CropLife America President and CEO Jay Vroom offered Washington a respite when he invited Robert Kenner, director of the 2009 documentary _Food, Inc_., to speak at his group’s annual policy conference, which was titled “Lost in Translation: Deciphering the Discourse of Modern Agriculture.” Read More...

Miss America takes up farm, food issues

American farmers are always complaining that urban America ignores them and does not appreciate them, so it was a bit of a surprise when Miss America, Teresa Scanlan, showed up on Fox News and wrote an article for its website extolling the virtues of America’s farmers and mentioning the threats to them. Read More...

Ag committee hearings set for this week

The House Agriculture Committee is holding two hearings this week while Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is preparing to hold her first hearing on the next farm bill in Michigan on Saturday. Read More...

Elanco mounts campaign to defend its agricultural technologies

The animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company is launching a major initiative to defend new and existing agricultural technologies and oppose campaigns it views as limiting technology and consumer choice, Elanco President Jeff Simmons said at a Washington news conference today. Read More...

Farmers & Ranchers hire P.R. firm to boost image

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, the coalition of more than 30 farm and ranch groups formed to improve the image of agriculture, has hired Ketchum, the New York-based public relations firm, as its primary communications agent, Ketchum announced today. Read More...