PRAGUE (AP) — The lower house of the Czech Parliament approved on Wednesday a requirement that supermarkets carry a minimum share of local food, a move to be less dependent on imports.
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor called on the federal government to include local food distributors in a food aid program on Thursday.
BARGERSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Johnson County’s wide open farm fields and abundance of local food producers are a testament to its rich agricultural heritage.
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GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Sailors and workers at Connecticut’s Navy submarine base may relish a new step in relaxing coronavirus shutdowns: Starting Tuesday, local restaurants can deliver to the base...
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont dairy factory could be under new ownership after a decrease in demand led the company to consider downsizing.
Massachusetts is ramping up efforts to help more families put food on the table at a time when prices are rising and many have lost jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Mandopop superstar Jay Chou is bringing a little magic into viewers’ lives with his Netflix show “J-Style Trip.”
Part travelogue, part magic performance, the show has...
WAINIHA, Hawaii (AP) — An unidentified man took a backhoe to a taro patch in northern Kauai, damaging a staple of the traditional Hawaiian diet, a local food supply and an attached water line...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state government services are now accessible through a new mobile app called “MyTN.”
Customers will be able to renew or order a duplicate driver's license,...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The annual Winter Blues Farmer's Market event is set to return to the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center later this month, officials said Tuesday.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A summit to promote local and sustainable food systems in Kentucky is planned for next month.
The second annual Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit is scheduled for Feb....
The Democratic challenger for Mississippi agriculture commissioner is pitching a local food revolution, while the Republican incumbent seeks more incremental change.
ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says some of the schools in four Vermont counties will be promoting farm-to-school food programs with the help of $300,000 in federal...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is launching a new culinary classroom that will stream live cooking classes in hopes of inspiring healthy meals in Maine schools.
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SAINT-SAVIN, France (AP) — It's a Tour de France dilemma: When you've found a gem of a hotel with a knockout restaurant along the race route, do you greedily keep the precious address to...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican senator is joining a group of colleagues to beef up federal resources that are dedicated to getting fresh, local foods into schools.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Supporters of a new Maine law say it will improve access to fresh produce for school children by encouraging public schools to purchase local food.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Farmers markets across Kentucky are getting a promotional boost from a summer advertising campaign by the state's agricultural marketing program.
WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A region of Ohio steeped in Italian culture is showing off its local cuisine with a new culinary passport.
The Italian Food Trail is designed to draw tourists and...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pair of lawmakers from Maine is introducing legislation to make it easier for schools to procure locally produced foods for children's meals.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Farm-to-table dinners are coming back to West Virginia.
Multiple state agencies on Tuesday announced the second annual farm-to-table event series.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In February of this year, Tommy Stauffer of Vitruvian Farms in McFarland went to meet with UW Health. Vitruvian had been selling salad greens, tomatoes and microgreens to the...
COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine (AP) — A tiny town in Down East Maine will once again welcome hundreds of people this year to celebrate a little fish and the arrival of spring.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Ten Kentucky agribusinesses have been awarded grants to enhance farm-to-school marketing.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced the recipients in a statement Monday, saying the funding will help farmers improve marketing to schools across the state. The farm-to-school program helps Kentucky schools serve local food to students.
CHICAGO (AP) — A $34 million food and beverage incubator has opened in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, neighborhood leaders and members of the business community attended Thursday's official opening of The Hatchery which will provide affordable space to help local food entrepreneurs launch and develop their businesses.
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — About 500 residents in eastern La Plata County have made a commitment to ensure 10 percent of their food comes from local sources.
"It's a little bit of a challenge, but it's not intimidating," said Kami Larson, a Bayfield resident.
Residents from Vallecito to Sambrito, New Mexico, have pledged to raise, buy or trade for 10 percent of their food, including meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables, said Pam Willhoite, coordinator of Pine River Shares, a nonprofit.
ATLANTA, Ill. (AP) — Organic farmers in Illinois are adapting their business practices due to a shift in the local market prompted in part by large grocers offering organic produce and meal-kit startups gaining popularity.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A draft proposal outlines plans for the Fairbanks North Star Borough to become more sustainable by boosting food security, reducing energy consumption and minimizing waste.
The borough is taking public comment on the Sustainability Commission's plan through Wednesday, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported .
BOSTON (AP) — Oxfam America is teaming up with a popular chef to teach consumers how to fight hunger starting right at their kitchen tables.
Chef Jennifer Heilig of the restaurant For the Table will be on hand starting at noon Tuesday at The Kitchen in the Boston Public Market. She'll demonstrate how to buy and cook local food that's in season, and how that can make a global impact.
Oxfam America says the event is being held to mark World Food Day.
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Millions of pounds of produce are ripening in the fields this fall across Montezuma and La Plata counties, and The Good Food Collective wants to make sure the nutritious harvest is delivered to those who need it.
The collective is in its first year, and it is focused on reducing food waste, eliminating fruit that will attract bears, bolstering the local food economy and providing fresh food to residents in need, said Rachel Landis, director of the collective.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Schools in New York state can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to help increase the amount of locally grown food on school menus this year.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the $1.5 million available statewide for farm-to-school programs will help both students and farmers. Eligible schools serving kindergartners through high school students can apply for grants of up to $100,000 per project.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU AgCenter will host the third annual Louisiana farm to school conference in October.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The local foods movement is continuing to grow in the U.S., and consumers want to know more about where their food is coming from.
Auburn University researchers are beginning to address how to educate and train local and regional meat farmers on ways to ensure a more secure food chain.
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KEARSARGE, N.H. (AP) — Sitting on a box in the middle of a dusty floor surrounded by unfinished counters, paint supplies and boxes, Hanna Flanders, 29, of Sunapee summed up a guiding philosophy behind the Kearsarge Food Hub.
"We really think that every town and community needs a heart where food is purchased or consumed or made in some way including local ingredients," she said.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Agriculture Department has unveiled an interactive web-based map to help consumers more easily find local foods in the state.
The map contains layers for farmers markets, on-farm sales, roadside stands, community supported agriculture programs, u-pick operations and vineyards.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Community agencies and the city of Farmington are looking for ways to boost the market for local food while revitalizing downtown.
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The federal government is providing technical support to a nonprofit group in Biddeford, Maine, that wants to help grow local food infrastructure.
Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree says the nonprofit group, Engine, is receiving the support through Local Food, Local Places, a federal initiative designed to bring reinvestment to neighborhoods and their food economies.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Agriculture and seafood businesses throughout Rhode Island have been awarded grants to help them start or expand their operations.
The state Department of Environmental Management says 21 local food businesses will be awarded a total of about $210,000.
The Local Agriculture and Seafood Act grant program is funded by the state and charitable foundations.
ANAMOOSE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota now has a center of production, distribution and marketing services for local food growers.
The FARMtastic Heritage Food Hub in Anamoose has been open for about a month, The Bismarck Tribune reported .
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — As farmers toil with crops, chickens and hogs at Raisin Roots Farm, cars whiz by at the nearby intersection of Vine Drive and North Taft Hill Road.
A housing development borders the Fort Collins property, with eight fenced-in backyards directly facing the farm. The 3-acre space could likely fetch a hefty payday from a housing developer, but landowner Dennis Vanderheiden is committed to keeping it urban agriculture.
TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — The founders of Garden Fresh Gourmet, the makers of salsa, chips and hummus who sold the company to Campbell Soup Co., have launched their next big project.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Comedian John Cleese and former CBS news anchor Dan Rather are among the speakers to be featured at the seventh annual Tom Tom Founders Festival this week.
The festival includes more than 200 events, ranging from public policy discussions to local food sampling to open-air block parties.
The weeklong festival began Monday and is scheduled to run through Sunday in Charlottesville.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls officials are looking into local food laws after an online business selling alcohol-infused cupcakes closed amid legal uncertainty.
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Food growers, processors, marketers and others are gathering in Minot for a two-day conference.
The Local Foods Conference on Friday and Saturday at the Grand Hotel in Minot is sponsored by the state Agriculture Department and the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association.
The conference is in its 14th year. Topics this year include food safety, livestock management, business planning and specialty crops.
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — The annual Vermont Farm Show takes place this week with exhibits, equipment, animals, and Vermont foods and products.
The three-day event opens Tuesday at the Champlain Valley Exposition.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System says it has met its goal of purchasing more than 20 percent of its food locally.
The university system and food services company Sodexo set a goal of exceeding 20 percent local food by 2020 and say they've already reached 23 percent. The system says it's on pace to spend about $1.5 million this fiscal year on purchases from local food vendors.