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“The Role of Local Food Systems in U.S. Farm Policy”

If you haven’t read the Congressional Research Service (“CRS”) Report titled “The Role of Local Food Systems in U.S. Farm Policy” then I recommend doing so.  Prof. Neil Hamilton included it in the materials for this local food CLE last spring and I finally got a chance to review it.  It’s chalk-full of helpful information, statistics, and data.  The publication talks about the different definitions of “local food” based on distance traveled, marketing outlet, and perceived attributes.

Additionally, I especially enjoyed the information USDA program such a loans for agriculture producers, child nutrition programs, and farm-to-school programs.  USDA initiatives including “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food”, Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and People’s Garden Initiative were also discussed in the CRS Report.  Table 2 also has a helpful chart identifying the USDA agency and its role in supporting local/regional food programs (e.g., Farmers’ Market Promotion Program, Value-Added Producer Grants, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Prrogram, School Gardens).

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