NEWS Related to Growers' Market
Growers' Market endeavors to stay abreast of important news related to our community. Below in no particular order are announcements from government agencies and organizations that impact our businesses. Warning - be ready to be inundated with endless TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms).
The Natural Recources Conversation Service (NRCS) sends out notices important to agricultural producers that include land conversation, financial incentives and restoration. Growers Market receives mountains of information from these guys (some of it important and some not so much). Here, we will filter out the noise and include only the things we think are applicable. If you have a burning desire to receive email from a government agency, we invite you to get on the dot GOV website and subscribe to the lists you find interesting. Below is our 2017 introduction with a timely announcement. The link should be active. Please contact me if these links fail. Thanks, Bob
Easement Program for Oregon land owners:
Date January 4, 2017. Deadline February 5, 2017.
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is a wealth of information about how the federal government can assist GROWERS with their marketing expertise and sometimes $$$. Check it out.
Local Food Directories and "About AMS". Lots of useful info here.
PRICING & Other USEFUL USDA data
There is so much available at the USDA website it is almost overwhelming. But, when I find something USEFUL I will make certain to share it with you. Here is the latest installment of USEFUL data from the USDA.
Farm Service Agency (FSA). Find the Farm Bill here, spend hours aimlessly wandering the virtual halls of government. No seriously, there is much useful information here. If, while reading this, your head begins to hurt - stop - call you grandchildren over to your side and go play Mario Super Cart for a while.
NEWS FALSH; Feb 25, 2017
From the "This just in" department, FSA has now increased the number of letters it uses when it abbreviates program names. The Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) bulletin has hit my mailbox recently. If you are inclined to become organic (or are already) this may be something worth your while, check it out here:
And now, for hours of your reading enjoyment, the Farm Bill. YEAH.........