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The initial results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture revealed the continued growth in the number of Hispanic and Latino farmers and the continued aging of American farmers, who averaged 58.3 years of age at the time the Census was conducted. The documentary Farmland, which highlights the work and lives of five young farmers,was also released in May, to mixed but primarily favorable reviews. The ongoing drought also took center stage once again, with approximately half of the country in drought, in some areas considered worse than the 1940s Dust Bowl. Read More
From backyard chickens to rooftop gardens, city dwellers across the country are bringing food production closer to home in large population centers that have been divorced from the farm for generations. This grassroots urban agriculture movement meets economic, food supply and social needs, in some cases helping eliminate food deserts where residents find it difficult to access fresh foods. Read More
The Farm Credit System’s commitment to young, beginning and small farmers in all types of agriculture was on full display at last week’s National Good Food Network (NGFN) conference in Raleigh, NC. The event brought farmers, investors, buyers and community leaders together around the growing business of regional food hubs. These aggregators of products from small farms -- more than 250 hubs across the country -- bridge the wholesale gap between local food producers and larger buyers. Read More
In case you missed it, the local food movement is gaining followers, not just among foodies but also among a growing number of mainstream consumers. The food industry has taken note and grocery stores and restaurants alike are highlighting ingredients sourced from local producers. Read More