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2012-09-11 06:24:47

Jamey Johnson and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Join Sept. 22 Lineup HERSHEY, Pa., Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With more than 29,000 tickets sold, Farm Aid 2012 is officially sold out. Fans at home can watch a special presentation of the concert event from Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 to 11 p.m. EDT at www.farmaid.org. Today, Farm Aid announced that Jamey Johnson and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals will join an already star-studded lineup at Farm...

2012-08-22 22:20:51

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Recirculating Farms Coalition and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network announced they are building a new Urban Farming and Food Center in downtown New Orleans that joins innovative water-based recirculating farming with traditional soil-based growing. The organizations received major grants for the project from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and the Claneil Foundation, as well as other donations. The...

2012-08-20 06:28:50

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Farm Aid announced its first grants made through the Family Farm Disaster Fund to provide relief for farm families whose crops and farmland are being devastated by the country's worst drought in more than 50 years. "This historic drought threatens the majority of farmland in the country, placing family farmers at risk," said Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. "Farm Aid is proud to work with the individuals and...

2012-08-18 23:03:32

With health consciousness on the rise and demand for organic produce steadily increasing, industry revenue is expected to benefit. The aging population and an increase in the number of Hispanics and Asian-Americans will also have a positive effect, as these groups tend to purchase more fruit and vegetables. However, despite these positive effects, industry operators will continue to be threatened by traditional supermarkets and big box stores that aim to provide the same variety and quality...

2012-08-13 10:25:55

CHICAGO, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great concept if the agriculture can get to the community. "The biggest problem we have with our CSA program is distribution," said Bob Borchardt, owner of Harvest Moon Farms, a Viroqua, Wisc., grower that specializes in organic heirloom vegetables. And this year, an even bigger problem is the drought. That's where Peapod comes in. For five weeks beginning in mid-August, Peapod.com will sell...

2012-08-13 14:46:15

A study that examined how rural farmers in Ethiopia learn new farming techniques and adopt them on their own farms discovered that learning from a friend was a stronger motivator than learning from neighbors in close proximity. The goal of the study was to find out how farmers in Ethiopia learn and ultimately adopt new agricultural technologies such as using fertilizers in the production of grains, trying new grain crop varieties, and installing an irrigation system to grow new high-value...

2012-08-10 06:22:04

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug.10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente, a champion of making fresh produce available to its members, employees and communities, announced this week that it now hosts more than 50 farmers markets and farm stands at its hospitals and facilities across the country. "We are thrilled that our markets are thriving and expanding at our hospitals and in our communities," said Preston Maring, MD, a Kaiser Permanente physician who started one of the first...

2012-08-08 23:03:20

A global girl power movement already reaching 270,000 lives has now come to Haiti. Jacmel, Haiti (PRWEB) August 08, 2012 A sense of hope and optimism was palpable in the room as teenage girls gathered in a village near Jacmel in June. It was the first local meeting of BRAC´s Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) program, a network of clubs for adolescent girls that now spans three continents. The groundbreaking program has already changed 270,000 lives in Bangladesh and east...

2012-08-08 10:26:13

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary George Greig today recognized August as "Produce Month" during a visit to a Scranton area farmers market. At the market, farmers donated more than one ton of locally grown produce to help feed area residents in need. Cooperative Farmers Market of Scranton vendors and Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association members donated fresh produce including, broccoli, peaches, and sweet corn to the Weinberg...

2012-08-06 06:24:43

Vote for Your Favorite Farmers Market at www.votemyfarmersmarket.org WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of National Farmers Market Week, American Farmland Trust launched an online leader board revealing the top 20 farmers markets that are leading the America's Favorite Farmers Markets(TM) contest. The board tracks up-to-the-minute standings during the final month of voting, which closes at midnight on Labor Day (September 3). The leader board is available...