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Food Buying Guide (Mobile App) Free from the USDA

Touch the Soil News #947 (Feature photo – USDA Seal – public domain) Did you know that the USDA has an in depth food buying and food management guide for over 2,100 foods? A great tool for school nutritionists, dieticians and households. You can find out more by visiting the USDA at their portal where you can download the application: https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/team-nutrition   You can also watch Phil Lempert’s informative video from the SUPERMARKET GURU http://www.supermarketguru.com/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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USDA’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit – Its Free (see below)

Touch the Soil News #372 While most federal spending on agriculture is to the industrial sector, the USDA’s focus on urban and local food (though much smaller) has become well established. Below are links to a USDA Websites with lots of information including the free Urban Agriculture Toolkit. The Urban Agriculture Toolkit is a PDF (19) pages that covers these key areas: Business Planning Land Access Soil Quality Water Access and Use Capital and Financing Infrastructure Market Development Federal support of local and urban food has even migrated into postal stamps. USDA National Farmers Market Directory: https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets   USDA Local Food Directories: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/local-regional/food-directories   USDA Farmers Markets and Direct to…

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The Current State of Organics (and local food) in the USA

Touch the Soil News #361 The USDA just announced that the number of domestic certified organic farms increased by 12 percent between 2014 and 2015. According to the announcement, the United States has 21,781 certified organic operations or 70 percent of the world’s 31,160 organic farms. The USDA began keeping track of organic farms in 2002. With the growth last year, the number of organic farms have increased 300 percent since 2002. Global organic food sales now top $75 billion out of which $39 billion (52 percent) takes place in the United States. Because of the cost of getting certified organic, large food companies like Costco are getting involved in…

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