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

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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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