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
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
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
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
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
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
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
From our friends at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: Last week, the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) released an updated and expanded Food Environment Atlas, with 2012 data for many variables and 2013 data for farmers’ markets. New variables include SNAP
From our friends at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: New EQIP Initiative The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week announced the availability of $3 million to protect vulnerable pollinators through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). These targeted funds will support
USDA finalizes rule changes to SNAP and WIC to improve access to Fruits, Vegetables, Whole Grains, and Low Fat Dairy
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 28, 2014 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture today finalized changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to further improve the nutrition and health of the nation’s low-income pregnant women,
Late last week, the USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) posted a Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2014 round of the Community Food Project Grants Program (CFP). Unfortunately, NIFA posted this to their website without issuing a press release or a
On Monday February 3, 2014 the Oklahoma Legislature convened for its annual session to address policy proposals and issues affecting Oklahomans, ranging from pension reform to gun rights. A number of policy recommendations have been introduced with a potential impact