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2022 Live Local: Food & Farmers Market Conference planned in Illinois

Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), in partnership with the Illinois Farmers Market Association (IFMA), will host the 2022 Live Local: Food & Farmers Market Conference on March 23-24 at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois.... more »

Office of Agritourism at USDA proposed in new legislation

House of Representatives Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, and Jennifer Wexton, D-Virginia, recently introduced the "Accelerating the Growth of Rural Innovation and Tourism Opportunities to Uphold Rural Industries and Sustainable Marketplaces (AGRITOURISM) Act." The bill would create an... more »

Do’s and don’ts for selling at farmers’ markets

I've observed and confirmed with various market associations in the country that there is a demand for more produce vendors at many farmers’ markets. Since the pandemic's beginning, many produce growers have dropped out of... more »

US organic produce sales top $9B in 2021, up 5.5%

Organic fresh produce grew sales by 5.5% in 2021, topping $9 billion for the first time, and outpacing conventionally grown produce in year-over-year gains in both sales and volume, according to the 2021 Organic Produce... more »

New consumer food insights show rise in ag ‘channels’

As part of the Local and Regional Food Systems Response to COVID-19 project, in the fall of 2020 a team of researchers conducted a national survey of over 5,000 households. The survey provides important insights... more »

National Watermelon Promotion Board seeks directors

The National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) will hold a nomination teleconference on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 at 8 a.m. (PT) for district 4 and Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. (PT) for district 5 to nominate qualified watermelon producers and watermelon handlers to... more »

Farm market business considerations for 2022

As we enter another year, it’s good to think about the future of our business. Not just for the new year ahead, but the decade. The decade of the 2020s will be noted for some... more »

Farmers lost $27B in exports during 2018 trade war

A 2018 trade war had high costs for U.S. farmers. The USDA reports in a new study that tariffs on agricultural exports led to $27 billion in trade losses. At the commodity level, export losses were far... more »

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