Photos and story by Kansas Department of Agriculture MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas Department of Agriculture officials joined staff from Harvesters – The Community Food Network in Topeka on Wednesday morning to welcome deliveries of fresh produce purchased under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Program. KDA has... Read More.
Many would have thought food insecurity hit all-time highs during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Allison O’Toole, CEO of Second Harvest Heartland, a food bank based in Minnesota, says that’s not the case. AUDIO: Healthy Living on food insecurity and the farm bill ...
New bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House would expand federal dollars to support state nutrition programs and local food purchases. Co-sponsor Dan Kildee, a Michigan Democrat, tells Brownfield the bill would expand the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program which provides funding for projects that... Read More.
Last month India announced it was banning rice exports on non-basmati white rice. The move, which has been called bad policy by the USA Rice Federation could destabilize rice supplies and add to food insecurity concerns in parts of the world. Bobby Hanks is... Read More.
The chair of the USA Rice Federation’s International Trade Policy Committee says India’s decision to ban exports of long grain, non-basmati rice is bad policy that puts food security in vulnerable countries in jeopardy. Bobby Hanks says India accounts for 40% of the global... Read More.
A new economic agreement signed this week between Michigan and Ontario will help expand ag exports. Jamie Zmitko-Somers with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development tells Brownfield Canada is the state’s largest trading partner for all products including food and agriculture. “Animal feed... Read More.
Photo provided by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Volunteers are packing carrots for distribution in an Indiana food bank. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture have announced that Indiana’s 11 food banks will receive $2 million to... Read More.
Legislation has been introduced to require school districts to purchase domestically sourced food for in-school meals. Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, introduced the Senate version of the American Food for American Schools Act with Senator Mike Braun, a Republican from Indiana. “I want... Read More.
Food and farmworkers are urging Congress to improve worker safety through the next farm bill. Food Chain Workers Alliance co-director Suzanne Adely points to the Protect America’s Meat Processing Workers Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate, as a way to increase employee safety. “Our worker... Read More.
A new effort by the State of Wisconsin and two farm groups is helping get more locally-grown food to the people who need it. The Wisconsin Local Food Purchase Assistance Program is funded by the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Forrest... Read More.
Photo courtesy of Bill Winke/Instagram On this week’s episode of the Outdoor Adventures hunting podcast from Brownfield Ag News, outdoor writer Bill Winke discusses his strategies for developing food plots and the dos and don’ts of summer scouting. Part 2 of Bill Winke’s interview can... Read More.
An ag researcher says climate investments in agriculture need to be consistent over time for any meaningful impact to be made. Michigan State University’s Bruno Basso tells Brownfield long-term sustainability needs to be prioritized as private and public sector climate programs develop. “The core benefits... Read More.