USDA’s Free Lunch Program Growing Dramatically in Scope, Some Concerned

Get the story and commentary on a summer lunch program with good intentions that may need oversight. Some are concerned that increased numbers are coming from serving those not qualified and  that those same numbers will be used to justify the program in the future.

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$96 Million in Available Funding to Support Local Food, Specialty Crops and Farm to School Efforts

Farmers’ Markets, CSAs and other local food initiatives should take notice. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making a whole bunch of money available through grants and applications are due soon. Get the full details in Senator Hoeven’s news release below. — Official News Release, Senator Hoeven — WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves

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ND Agriculture: Applications Being Accepted for Specialty Crop Grants

“Projects that promote the production, processing and use of specialty crops in the North Dakota are eligible for these grants,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Organizations, institutions and individuals are encouraged to submit proposals on their own or in partnerships.”

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North Dakota Convservation Organizations Get USDA Grants

— Official New Release, Senator Hoeven — Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $1.5 million for two state-level conservation projects in support of North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers. The funds are made available through the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). As a member

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Carbon Credit Conservation Program Gets a Start

The program compensates land owners for agreeing to keep land in grass, a natural carbon storage mechanism. The test program is being run on 11,000 acres in  6 central North Dakota counties. Partners in the program include Ducks Unlimited, Chevrolet, and the USDA.

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Honey Bee Producers get Boost from USDA Incentives

The federal dollars, $7 million in total, will be distributed in conjunction with the CRP program to farmers and ranchers who plant flowering cover crops that provide foraging grounds for honey bees.

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