Authored by Neil Hamilton, Director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University, the Second Edition of The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing covers everything from licenses and inspections to zoning and buying clubs.
The original Guide was published in 1999 and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program.
This online second edition provides updates and expands the scope of the Guide to match the growth in demand for local farm products and the increasing variety of methods for selling directly to consumers. It is supported by financial support from USDA Risk Management Agency.
via The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing | Direct Farm Marketer’s Forum.
If Congress fails to pass a farm bill by the end of the year, farm programs will likely take a trip back to the days of the Truman Administration.
The 1949 farm bill, the last piece of permanent farm legislation passed by that Congress, represented a conglomeration of 1940s and 1930s farming practices, according to Mike Traxinger, legislative spokesperson for the South Dakota Farmers Union.
The commodity price supports and planting restrictions included in the 1949 farm bill are dated. The threat of reverting to those subsidies has always provided the nudge Congress has needed to enact a new farm bill, Traxinger said.
via Without a new farm bill, welcome back 1949.
Financial health and impacts on sustainable agriculture
In addition to examining what food hubs do and how they’re structured, the survey looked at their financial health and the impacts they are having on local communities, including ways food hubs influence producers in their production methods. Among the positive findings:
A majority of the food hubs surveyed were on solid financial footing, with operating costs matching revenue.
Most food hubs were able to operate independently of grants or other outside sources of funding. Two thirds of food hubs reported not receiving any funding from outside sources.
While most food hubs are small, with annual sales of $500,000 or less, they work with a broad range of producers. Most of the food hubs surveyed work with 30 or more different producers, providing local consumers with access to a broad range of products from local farms and ranches. Those producers were somewhat more likely to be women or people of color than the national averages for primary operators of farms.
On average, 60 percent of a food hub’s total gross sales came from small and mid-sized farms, while 76 percent of food hubs indicated that all or most of their producers fit this small to mid-sized farm category.
Most food hubs indicated that they have an impact on their producers, including influencing them to diversify their product offerings or adopt more sustainable production methods.
via New Survey Shows Food Hubs Poised for Further Growth – NSAC.
This Saturday locals will have the chance to visit Seattle’s “Top 25″ urban farms during the 13th Annual Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop and Urban Farming Tour. The tour is self guided and will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.For the very first time in the tour’s history the event will be juried. Seattle Tilth has put together a panel of local experts to select the best 25 sites, representing all parts of the city. This year’s judges include Seattle Tilth educators, Jessi Bloom from NW Bloom, Rachel Duthler from Danny Woo Community Garden, Jake Harris from Stone Soup Gardens, Charmaine Slaven from Seattle Farm Co-op, and Kevin Scott-Vanderberg from Portage Bay Grange.
via Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour set for Saturday » My Ballard.