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Beginning Farmer Evolves into Successful Vegetable Grower

  Young Producer Overcomes Limited English Proficiency By Kaylyn Franks, Idaho Farm Service Agency When some farmers talk about challenges experienced during their journey to success, they mention financial hardship or weather disasters. Once in a while, a farmer has a … Continue reading

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With Farm Service Agency Help, Alaska Producers are Working to Meet the Demand for Local Food

Submitted by Val Dolcini, Administrator, USDA Farm Service Agency As anyone who has visited the 49th State knows, Alaska is huge. It’s bigger than the next three largest states, Texas, California and Montana….combined! A land of extremes, Alaska’s rural communities … Continue reading

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FSA Administrator Cooks and Connects to FSA Programs

By Lauren Moore, FSA Public Affairs Specialist USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini recently put on an apron and joined local author, storyteller and chef Jonathan Bardzik in a lunch-hour cooking demonstration in the USDA South Building cafeteria. … Continue reading

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FSA Administrator Tours Regional Food Systems, Attends FSA Employee Conference

By Lauren Moore, Public Affairs Specialist, Office of External Affairs Following USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini’s visit to Nebraska, he headed straight to Iowa for a meet and greet with FSA employees at the Iowa State FSA … Continue reading

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The McCalls Keep Ag ‘All in the Family’

By Scott Whittington, Public Affairs Specialist A lot of American families “make it work” through hard times. One family in Arkansas has seen ups and downs on their family farm with droughts, floods and other property damages. Other families may quit, … Continue reading

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400 Participate in Community-Supported Agriculture

By Tanya Brown, Outreach Marketing Editor For a few years, Kacie Luckett, who had only two acres of growing space, was told there was no way she could compete against large farms at a farmers market. They were right.

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Patience and Passion: Oregon Hazelnut Farmer Revives Family’s Farming History

By Michael Booth, Public Affairs Specialist Jim Gerig grew up in a western Oregon farm family, but in the 1980s his father had to lease out the family land due to dwindling profit margins. Since then, he has kept a … Continue reading

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Nebraska Celebrates 30 Years of CRP

By Bobbie KrizWickham, Public Affairs and Outreach Coordinator, Nebraska FSA USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini recently joined conservation partners in Lincoln, Nebraska, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). This milestone was celebrated … Continue reading

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FSA Administrator Tours Urban Agricultural Operations in New York

Left:  Red Hook Community Farm Director, Saara Nafici leads Administrator Dolcini on a tour with volunteers from Green City Force. Right:  Dolcini visits with Ben Flanner, president of Brooklyn Grange, the largest rooftop garden in New York City. By Lauren … Continue reading

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Young Entrepreneur Continues Father’s Almond Legacy

By Scott Whittington, Public Affairs Specialist At 26 years old, Andre Alves owns his own successful almond orchard in a beautiful California countryside and strives to grow the best product for his customers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) started an … Continue reading

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