USDA http://wamc.org en USDA Creates Rural Development Investment Fund http://wamc.org/post/usda-creates-rural-development-investment-fund <p></p><p></p><p>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the creation of a new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund that will allow private entities to invest in rural infrastructure projects. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 95639 at http://wamc.org USDA Creates Rural Development Investment Fund Reps. Tonko And Owens Talk Agriculture At USDA Roundtable http://wamc.org/post/reps-tonko-and-owens-talk-agriculture-usda-roundtable <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted a NY Rural Roundtable Summit at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The first of three to be held in Eastern New York, the summit brought together small business owners, farmers, and other community advocates to give participants a chance to learn about government programs and grants, and other opportunities available to help strengthen rural communities.</p><p>Lee Telega, NY State Director for USDA, Rural Development, said the roundtables aim to spread information on a variety of programs to those in less accessible areas.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:19:31 +0000 Lucas Willard 86235 at http://wamc.org Reps. Tonko And Owens Talk Agriculture At USDA Roundtable U.S. Agriculture Census Shows More Farms In New England http://wamc.org/post/us-agriculture-census-shows-more-farms-new-england <p></p><p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued its preliminary 2012 census of U.S. agriculture. Taken every five years, the census released Thursday indicates that there are more farms in New England. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 84350 at http://wamc.org U.S. Agriculture Census Shows More Farms In New England Orange County Receives Farm-To-School Grant http://wamc.org/post/orange-county-receives-farm-school-grant <p>A New York congressman and a county executive say federal money will help schools purchase local produce.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 05:45:23 +0000 Allison Dunne 78338 at http://wamc.org Orange County Receives Farm-To-School Grant Schumer: Feds work to bring Greek yogurt to school http://wamc.org/post/schumer-feds-work-bring-greek-yogurt-school <p>Schumer last summer asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to modify the federal school lunch program to incorporate Greek yogurt as a high-protein meat alternative. USDA officials told Schumer this week that they are starting a pilot program that could lead to more Greek yogurt in schools as early as April.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:54:50 +0000 Jaired Crofut 56898 at http://wamc.org Schumer: Feds work to bring Greek yogurt to school Feds: Mixed report for 2012 NY berry harvests http://wamc.org/post/feds-mixed-report-2012-ny-berry-harvests <p>ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials say New York's strawberry crop took a hit last year, but blueberry production was up.</p><p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture says strawberry production dropped to 3.2 million pounds, down 11 percent from 2011. Many farms reported shortened seasons because of a snap of cold weather that generally hit early crops around the state.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 04:59:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 56782 at http://wamc.org Feds: Mixed report for 2012 NY berry harvests Upstate NY school district leaves lunch program http://wamc.org/post/upstate-ny-school-district-leaves-lunch-program <p>NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York school district is opting out of the National School Lunch Program as students throw out fruits and vegetables required under new nutritional guidelines.</p><p>The Niskayuna Central School District near Albany plans to opt out April 1. Officials in the suburban district say the number of students buying lunch dropped significantly this year and the program is running a $70,000 deficit.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 04:56:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 56453 at http://wamc.org Upstate NY school district leaves lunch program Good start lets NY crops ward off drought in 2012 http://wamc.org/post/good-start-lets-ny-crops-ward-drought-2012 <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain in late summer and early fall of 2012 helped save crops in most of the state.</p><p>The USDA says production of grain corn, soybeans, wheat and oat crops all increased from the previous year. Soybeans were estimated at a record high 14.4 million bushels, 20 percent more than was harvested in 2011.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:04:10 +0000 Associated Press 55748 at http://wamc.org Good start lets NY crops ward off drought in 2012 Senators Request Review of Dairy Pricing System http://wamc.org/post/senators-request-review-dairy-pricing-system <p>Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is joining his colleagues from Maine, New York and Minnesota in calling for a review of federal dairy price supports.<br> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:20:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 48679 at http://wamc.org Senators Request Review of Dairy Pricing System Grant Supports Food Hub Initiative http://wamc.org/post/grant-supports-food-hub-initiative <p> The USDA is helping fund an effort to get products from local farms into the kitchens of large institutions in the region, such as colleges and hospitals.&nbsp; Officials say the demand for food from closer to home continues to grow, but the infrastructure to supply it has not kept up.&nbsp; WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 47537 at http://wamc.org Grant Supports Food Hub Initiative