"On the outskirts of Sydney, in a fast-growing suburb is a model of future farms, growing organic herbs and fish."
"The new online resources on the FIC website can help beginning farmers find resources on the different options for securing land, programs that help connect farmers with available land, and information about how to partner with private conservation organizations and public agencies."
"Ag Transition Partners, a group of educators and agricultural consultants, is continuing its no-cost farm transition planning project that includes no-cost consulting services to help producers move their transitions plan forward."
"For America’s family farmers and ranchers, this is nothing short of ‘death by a thousand cuts."
"For more than a decade, an area outside Chicago’s O’Hare airport has been the site of an innovative social enterprise combining bees, undevelopable land, and former prisoners in search of a new beginning."
The Christian Science Monitor
"...most of us just want to know if organic means “better”: if it’s healthier, more sustainable, and, in short, worth the money."
Possible Christmas gifts? "These adorable ceramic animals will prevent you from being a plant-killer!"
"The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program is currently accepting research proposals from applicants residing in Canada, Mexico and the United States. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying."
"“The RFS has been an unqualified success since its passage in 2005,” said Johnson in a letter to President Obama. “Wavering from our commitment to the RFS would be a grave mistake for both America’s family farmers and this nation as a whole."
"The startup makes plantable pencils that grow into vegetables, herbs or flowering plants once you're done using them."
"Scientists are developing open-source technologies that reward locally grown foods, cutting down on shipping and improving nutrition"
"The average age of farmers is getting older every year, and few young or new farmers are entering what's widely (and correctly!) known as a difficult, unforgiving, not-very-profitable business. "
"Vernita Dore, Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development, announced today that 258 farm businesses from 47 states, Puerto Rico, and the Western Pacific will receive $34 million in grants from the 2015 round of the Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program."
"Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $4.8 million in grants for 74 projects spanning 39 states that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) efforts to connect child nutrition programs with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program."
"Farm worker exploitation, nationally, remains routine – despite strengthened congressional protections this year. Yet for most of Immokalee’s field hands, blatant wage abuses and physical cruelty have largely – and almost suddenly – vanished from the tomato rows."
Christian Science Monitor
"Growing Opportunities, an urban farm in Bloomington, Indiana, puts disabled, low-income and unemployed/underemployed adults to work in its hydroponic greenhouse."
"Harvard University's robotic bees have come a long way since they were first designed in 2012. "
"America’s agricultural lands are getting another significant boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation."
Environmental Defense Fund
"...its warming effect produces a climate not unlike the Mediterranean, with Sacilotto adding, 'At the end of January it can be -2°C (29°F) outside and it can be 15 to 20°C (56 to 64°F) upstairs.'"
The San Francisco Globe
"Urban foraging might call to mind images of hipsters picking food out of the trash. But one group in Massachusetts eats only the finest, freshest produce."