2014 Produce Perks application available NOW! Deadline: March 21, 2014!

Calling all Cuyahoga County farmers' markets! Interested in participating in Produce Perks this 2014 markets season (May 01, 2014-April 20, 2015)? Please download and fill out this fillable pdf application and send it back to us at the Coalition (meschkat [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu) by Friday March 21, 2014 5pm.

Call 216-429-8200 x212 for any questions concerning the program and application process! 

Our local representatives reactions to passing of new federal farm bill

With the passing of the federal farm bill after 3 years of debate-FPC has been receiving many statements through our local representatives' newsletters based on the final conferenced bill.

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, in her February 4th newsletter:

The House and Senate have passed a Farm Bill that wi... Read more »

Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Detroit Public Schools Explore Opportunities to Purchase More Local Produce

Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Food Policy Coalition have been continuing their work with School Food FOCUS and the six other large, urban school districts in the Upper Midwest Regional Learning Lab.  FOCUS just released a new report, Eating Our Peas and Carrots: Strategies for Expanding K-12 Access to Fruits and Vegetables through Supply Chain Innovation and Investment.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Local Purchasing

USDA partners with Market Link to make SNAP acceptance an easier process for farmers and farmers' markets!

May 1st, 2014 marks the start of another season of Produce Perks at Cuyahoga County farmers' markets. We are currently planning to reach out to markets in Cuyahoga that do not already accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance - food stamps) to offer them the technical assistance to do so. For any markets that are interested in SNAP, we are happy to assist in the process in order to participate in Perks this 2014 season.... Read more »

Agriculture Sustainability Institute at UC Davis releases resources for urban ag impacts

 The UC Sustainable Agriculture and Education Program and UC Agriculture and Natural Resource Division (UC ANR) are embarking on efforts to build capacity within UC ANR’s programs to serve urban farmers and urban agriculture policy makers.  Through a UC ANR competitive grant, UC SAREP created several resources to make current research on impacts accessible to urban agriculture practitioners.... Read more »

Strategic Planning Update – Check Out Data About The FPC!

Above see an image from the FPC Strategic Planning Retreat, as well as a graphic of the most popular terms that came up when FPC strategic planning retreat attendees were asked to define FPC’s values, and core attributes.... Read more »

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.

A copy of the Farm and Dairy coverage can be seen below or accessed here

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 »