For Immediate Release Contact: John Hansen 402-476-8815
September 30, 2014
Nebraska Farmers Union Receives Local Foods Grant from USDA
Lincoln, NE. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced grants to stimulate locally grown foods market development for Nebraska included a grant to Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) for $89,979. The $940,800 in grants for 13 programs in Nebraska and Iowa were part of $52 million authorized in the Farm Bill to support locally grown produce and organic production market development.
Nebraska Farmers Union will partner with UNL Extension, Community Crops, Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society, Family Farmed, and others to sponsor a series of five different workshops at four different locations around Nebraska from December through March. The cities will include Omaha, Lincoln, Norfolk, and Grand Island.
Each location will hold six different workshops from December through March on topics that will include:
- Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) – Food Safety – Level 1
- Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) – Food Safety – Level 2
- Wholesale Success with Atina Diffley
- Financial Planning
- Crop Planning, Forward Contracting and Insurance
- Internship & Employee Management.
NeFU President John Hansen said “We are excited about helping beginning farmers and existing farmers looking for new opportunities to explore the steps necessary to become involved in growing specialty crops and value added livestock for human consumption. The interest in locally produced foods continues to grow as does the new market opportunities that go with this new production model. These workshops will feature top notch presenters thanks to the support of USDA.” If you have questions or are interested in participating in the trainings, contact Jeremiah Picard at our Lincoln office at (402) 476-8815
Nebraska Farmers Union is a general farm organization with 6,000 farm and ranch family members dedicated to protecting and enhancing the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers, and their rural communities. Since 1913, Nebraska Farmers Union has helped organize over 445 cooperatives.