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Planning for Profitable Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems

How can local and state governments take stock of their rural resource-based industries, assess where these industries are headed, and determine how to support local farm-to-table commerce? Two recent studies in Maryland examine these questions and explain why planners throughout the country should care about these issues. In this webinar, Joe Tassone (of the Maryland Department of Planning) and Greg Bowen (of Land Stewardship Solutions) will discuss “The Future of Sustainable Farming and Forestry in Maryland” (also the name of... Read more

Preserving Agricultural Land in Maryland – Reaping Rewards for Farmers

​While growth and development is inevitable in the name of progress, the State of Maryland and its more rural counties have made efforts to find some balance by providing incentives to farmers for preserving agricultural land and our rural areas. Agriculture still remains an important industry in the State of Maryland, so the State has found ways to encourage and sustain the agriculture industry while providing financial assistance and incentives to farmers to preserve farmland for those important agricultural uses... Read more

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) co-invests with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching and forest operations; local economies; and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area. Applications due April 21. Learn more and apply... Read more

Local Food Promotion Program

USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. There are two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP—planning grants and implementation grants. Applications due March 27. Learn more and apply... Read more

Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area

The National Institution of Food and Agriculture, part of the USDA, requests applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to support research to facilitate the adaptation of agroecosystems and natural resource systems to climate variability and the implementation of mitigation strategies. Applications due November 17. Learn more and apply... Read more

Farmers Market Promotion Program

​ The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Applications due May 12. Learn more and apply... Read more

Local Food Promotion Program

  ​The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers planning and implementation grants to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities. Applications due May 12. Learn more and apply... Read more

Reinventing New Jersey as ‘Garden State’ with Ethnic Crops, Tourism

​ New Jersey, officially nicknamed “The Garden State” since 1954, is striving to revitalize its farming sector. It is seizing on trends such as the “Eat Local” movement, agritourism and ethnic crops that appeal to a growing population of Asian, Hispanic and African residents. Read more... Read more

Farming Family, City Stormwater Team Earn 2015 World-Herald Master Conservationist Awards

Farmers Kermit and Janice Smith and the Omaha Stormwater Team spend time thinking of ways to use water efficiently. The Smiths and the city Stormwater team have earned 2015 World-Herald Master Conservationist awards for their effective conservation and management of water. Read more... Read more
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