POLICY UPDATE: US House and Senate Pass New Farm Bill!

From our friends at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition comes an excellent overview of the 2014 Farm Bill as passed by the United States House of Representatives last week and by the US Senate today.  The Oklahoma Farm & Food Alliance is incredibly grateful to the staff and other members of the National Sustainable Agriculture

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URGENT ACTION: Food Safety Rules Comment Period Extended to November 22nd!

You know your farmer, you know your food: Now stand up for your farmer, stand up for your food! DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 22! The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules this year that will have a huge impact on how fresh fruits and vegetables are grown and processed in the US. This

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Call for Information: OFFA Updating Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Guide

The Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance is in the process of updating its local food database and preparing for publication of its 2013-2014 Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Guide and requests that food producers complete our online survey to provide your food related business information! Listing in the Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Guide is

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OFFA Acquires Property from Land Legacy for Farm Demonstration & Incubator Site

The Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance is proud to announce a partnership with The Land Legacy to acquire a 15 acre parcel of property located in eastern Oklahoma County near Tinker Air Force Base to serve as an urban/suburban farm site. Land Legacy, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, acquires parcels of property on which it maintains

Oklahoma Farm & Food Alliance Hosts Local Food & Brew Reception!

On Monday April 29th, the Oklahoma Farm & Food Alliance hosted a Local Food & Brew Reception at the farm to table restaurant, Ludivine, in Oklahoma City. The reception was an opportunity for members of Oklahoma’s local food industry to interact with policymakers from across Oklahoma and share their appreciation for sound public policy adopted

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Oklahoma Legislature: Honey Sales Act, Agritourism Limited Liability Act, and Home Bakery Bills Signed into Law

Oklahoma Honey Sales Act Signed On April 10th, 2013, Governor Mary Fallin signed SB 716, the Oklahoma Honey Sales Act by Senator Eddie Fields (R-Waynoka) and Representative Donnie Condit (D-McAlester), which becomes effective immediately!  The Oklahoma Honey Sales Act exempts beekeepers with annual production of less than five hundred 500 gallons from regulation and inspection by

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Oklahoma Delegation Participates in National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition DC Hill Visits

On March 4 and 5, 60 independent family farmers, ranchers, and sustainable agriculture advocates from 24 states met with more than 105 legislative offices in Washington DC.  Participants urged Congress to restore funding for critical sustainable agriculture programs and pass a farm bill that advances the sustainability of agriculture, rural communities, food systems, and natural

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Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance Moving to OKC Farmers Public Market

The Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance announces its impending move to the Historic Farmers Market District in  downtown Oklahoma City, on the second floor of the Historic OKC Farmers Public Market!  The move signals the Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance’s commitment to the local food industry in Oklahoma and the redevelopment of the central food

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2014 Urban Ag Law Conference scheduled in Baltimore, MD (September 19, 2014)

Community Law Center, Inc. and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law are hosting the 2014 Urban Agriculture Law Conference on September 19, 2014 in Baltimore to share information and best practices in urban agriculture laws, policies and

Farm Focused Food Safety Trainings Offered (April 10 & May 8)

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry invites you to Farm Focused Food Safety Training. This one-day training is designed for small to very small dairies, milk processors, shell egg producers, feed manufacturers, and fruit and vegetable producers, and will

Cherokee Nation Seeks Individual to Fill Seed Saver/Seed Bank Job

With a rich heritage in agriculture and cultural development, the Cherokee Nation has a very successful seed bank program through their Department of Natural Resources.  In addition to developing specific strains of plants, the Cherokee Nation Seed Saver program works

Lavender Valley Acres Hosts Open House (April 4-6, 2014)

Join Lavender Valley Acres near Apache, Oklahoma for a free open house this Saturday & Sunday (April 4-6, 2014) from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm!  The folks at Lavender Valley Acres are offering free lavender dessert, tea, and a free

OK Legislature: Senate Passes Cottage Food and Farmers Market Bills

Today was the legislative deadline for the Oklahoma House and Senate to pass measures originating in their chamber, more commonly known as “deadline week”.  While a number of legislative initiatives important to the local food industry did not pass in