A growing number of consumers doubt the safety, nutrition and sustainability of our agriculture and food system.

At the same time, more and more young people are turning to farming, communities across the nation are exploring ways they can support local food production and farmers are creating thriving food businesses.

The interest and demand for local foods provides our members with many opportunities to develop the infrastructure for local food sourcing, like farmers markets, co-ops and food hubs as well as address regulatory and policy obstacles to local food and value-added production.

Organizing at the community level to support local food infrastructure increases income and jobs, especially in rural communities that lack food security, and replaces food imports with fresh, wholesome locally grown and processed food supplies.

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Senate Farm Bill: Closer, but not yet “the best bill possible”

The hay ain’t in the barn yet. The Senate Farm Bill, a flawed but less-destructive cousin of legislation passed in the House 213-211 on Friday, should…

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The House Farm Bill is Corporate Welfare

The H.R.2 sequel takes food from needy kids and money from rural communities in order to subsidize factory farms. The vote is expected to be…

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Symbiotic Relationships are the Key to Understanding Rural Vitality

These three new Homegrown Stories illustrate how symbiotic relationships make farming and ranching some of the most interconnected professions on the planet. Whether it's the personal…