Maryland is one of seven states chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to participate in a two-year pilot program that will allow food stamp recipients to buy groceries online for the first time.
The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the ARC-PLC safety net to trigger and provide financial assistance only when decreases in revenues or crop prices, respectively, occur. The ARC and PLC programs primarily allow producers to continue to produce for the market by making payments on a percentage of historical base production, limiting the impact on production decisions.
The narrowing margin between milk prices and the cost of feed triggered the payments, as provided for by the 2014 Farm Bill. The payment rate for May/June 2016 will be the largest since the program began in 2014.
Maryland is expanding a work-training program tied to food stamps after the state returned hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal money that could have been used to help low-income residents find jobs.
The United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will award $18.9 million in competitive grants to support fellowships and other higher education training projects in food, nutrition, natural resources and agriculture fields this year.
The rule applies to operations seeking more than one farm manager, and requires measurable, documented hours and key management activities each year. Some operations of certain sizes and complexity may be allowed up to three qualifying managers under limited conditions.
The voluntary program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.
Projects underway at U.S. Department of Agriculture facilities in Maryland and elsewhere, highlighted in a report released last month, represent a push by the agency to find commercial uses for its inventions.
To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated.
After multiple failed attempts, the potato industry is once again leading a charge to allow white potatoes in WIC food packages, despite more than eight years of research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Institute of Medicine determining that WIC participants already consume enough potatoes in their diets. In a statewide survey among Maryland WIC participants, 15 percent of 6- to 8-month olds and 24 percent of 9- to 12-month olds consumed white potatoes, often French fries,
By By Renee E. Fox and Tina L. Cheng and Maureen Black
Baltimore city, like many other cities around the country is dependent on a comprehensive, multi-year Farm bill that addresses the current needs of local farmers, low-income residents, and consumers who want access to healthy foods grown nearby.
The Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies are at it again: waging their friendly summer battle to see which can raise the most food for the annual Feds Feed Families charitable drive.
Tough new regulations to protect chicken growers on the Eastern Shore were quietly rolled back in a massive federal spending bill last month — enraging advocates for the mom-and-pop farms and straining their already rocky relationship with Salisbury-based Perdue.