North Carolina Cooperative Extension and many organizations and stakeholders are working with our communities to develop and expand local food systems across the state. Local Foods is a collaborative Flagship Program for the Cooperative Extension Program of NC A&T State University and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service of NC State University. A new Local Food web portal at localfood.ces.ncsu.edu provides information and links to resources from Cooperative Extension and other NC local food partners.
USDA has awarded the 2015 Local Food Promotion Program ($13.3 million) and Farmers Market Promotion Program ($11.9 million) Grants. A number of the grantees are from North Carolina. Congratulations to all the awardees! Read more here. MORE »– from Local Food
From NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2015 CONTACT: Sharron Stewart, director NCDA&CS Emergency Programs 919-807-4338 NCDA&CS offers hotline for farmers affected by storm RALEIGH — MORE »– from Local Food
Press Release: GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Call for Proposals for the 2015 Producer Grants, intended for farmers/ranchers and farmer/rancher organizations throughout the Southern region, is now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research MORE »– from Local Food
Registration has opened for the Connect2Direct Summit: Building Vibrant Farmers Markets. The Connect2Direct Summit is a gathering for the farmers market community (farmers, market managers, board members) to come together to learn, share, MORE »– from Local Food
Fresh produce has been linked to 14,350 outbreak-related illnesses, 1,382 hospitalizations and 34 deaths in the US (CDC, 1996-2010). Contamination can happen anywhere along the production chain, during growing, harvesting, manufacturing, processing, packing, MORE »– from Local Food
NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing MORE »– from Local Food
On September 4, 2015, AMS announced the 2015 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program. Approximately $3 million will be available to fund applications under this Request for Applications (RFA). The application deadline is January 14, MORE »– from NC Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists