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Farm Bill Update - Will Be Pushed Back Until 2014

In another twist of Farm Bill fate, the bill remains un-passed as congress adjourns for their holiday break. Although the bill is more than 1 year over-due, the Senate and House were still unable to reach a compromise on the Farm Bill by the 2013 year’s end. Hanging in the balance are crop subsidy programs, land conservation programs, as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), whose funding has been strung along with a series of extensions and emergency funding streams.... Read more »

FPC's Morgan Taggart accepts ODA's Women of the year Award 2013!

Last week FPC's Morgan Taggart accepted Ohio Department of Ag's Women of the Year in Ag Award in Columbus. 

Congratulations, Morgan! Truly deserved.

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Public Comment Closes on the Food Safety and Modernization Act

On Friday, November 22, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closed public comments on a portion of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) known as the produce and preventive-control rules. These rules aim to reduce the risks of food borne illnesses in produce, and serve as the first regulations on raw unprocessed produce, as well as the first update of any kind to food safety regulations in 70 years. The FSMA was signed into law in January of 2011, and the produce and preventative-control rules are likely to take effect in 2015.... Read more »

A Thanksgiving Federal Food Policy Update

Amidst the party-planning hustle and the turkey-shopping bustle, millions of Americans are struggling to feed their families. Thanksgiving is a natural time to take stock of the things in life you are grateful for, like your family, your health, and the food on your table. It is a natural time to have conversations about where this food comes from, about the systems that allowed you to purchase these foods and about the network of people, animals, businesses, and environmental ecosystems that made your meal possible.... Read more »

City of Cleveland Community Garden program, Summer Sprout, releases 2012 report

Cleveland’s Community Gardening Program, Summer Sprout, is a partnership between the City of Cleveland and Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County (OSUECC). Cleveland has historically supported community gardens through Summer Sprout by providing soil testing, seeds, starter plants, soil amendments, tilling services, and raised bed materials. OSUECC began supporting community gardens in Cleveland in 1977 through its Urban Community Gardening Program. This program was funded by the USDA through the early 1990’s to provide education and technical assistance to community gardens.... Read more »

Congratulations to South Euclid School District, 2014 USDA F2S Grant recipients!

Yesterday, the USDA shared a press release detailing the recipients of the 2014 Farm to School grants provided to districts across the US. In Cuyahoga County, South Euclid recieved a large implementation grant that will help them build on their current efforts to source locally grown food for their students' meals. Last year, Cleveland Metropolitan School District received the Farm to School grant from USDA for a planning grant that established OSUE and FPC as partners.

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Mother Jones article on FSMA - 4 foods that could disappear

At the beginning of this month, Mother Jones published an article on four foods that could be difficult (if not impossible) to easily buy and consume if the new proposed food safety rules of the Federal Food Safety and Modernization Act pass.... Read more »

How You Can Help Shape the Food Safety Modernization Act

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has caused much controversy in the local food system world, due to the question of how it may impact local and small-... Read more »

Farm Bill Expected to Deepen November SNAP Cuts

On November 1, a temporary increase in funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) expired, which will result in cuts of up to $35 per month for a family of four. Currently, 1 in 5 American households receive nutrition assistance benefits through SNAP, with households receiving an average of $135 per month. The temporary increase to SNAP matriculated in 2009 as a part of a series of recession-response initiatives at the federal level.... Read more »

National Farm to School Census-see where Ohio Stands

In the final days of National Farm to School month during October, USDA released a nation-wide census of farm to school activity between 2011-2012. Since 2013 when the data collection process began, 8,800 school districts of the 13,914 targeted for responses replied to the census questionnaire and 3,812 of those district reported engaging in farm to school activities. All the questionnaires were provided at the district levels by state agency leads like Departments of Education.... Read more »