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Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 10:18 AM
Yesterday, under the leadership of Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and in strong bipartisan fashion, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a new Farm Bill by a vote of 16-5.
Oran in his garden
Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 2:15 PM
Recently, we had the opportunity to interview friend, visionary and founder of the Fair Food Network, Oran Hesterman PhD, who took time to share his inspirations, hopes for the future, recent work and a few of his favorite sustainable meals with us. It's the perfect side dish to go along with The...
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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 12:22 PM
Healthy-eating advocates and anti-hunger groups are mounting vigorous campaigns to maintain food stamp benefits and programs to increase access to fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods in the farm bill, but they differ on what goals should be the highest priority.
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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 9:43 AM
Case Visser of Zeeland’s Visser Farms spoke at a House of Representatives briefing on March 28, explaining that he is “passionate” about FFN’s Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program because he has seen it change people’s lives. 
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Posted Apr 3, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
There is strength in numbers! In mid-March, Double Up Food Bucks staff and evaluators met with three partner organizations from around the U.S. doing similar work connecting customers to fresh produce to farmers and to farmers’ markets.  In addition to Fair Food Network, the other three...
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Posted Mar 9, 2012 @ 10:06 AM
Once again America is leading the world, but this time it’s no cause for celebration. New obesity data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveal that the United States has the highest obesity rate of all developed nations. What’s more, the new data...
Oran at Ag Cte briefing
Posted Mar 7, 2012 @ 10:19 AM
Oran Hesterman, Fair Food Network’s founder and CEO, presented the results of the 2011 Double Up Food Bucks season at a Senate Agriculture Committee briefing in Washington D.C. on March 1. The Local Food: Growing the Economy and Expanding Healthy Food Access briefing was a part of Ag...
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Posted Mar 7, 2012 @ 9:57 AM
On February 29, USDA launched an extensive new interactive website with a national map highlighting the agency’s programs that can be used to develop healthy regional food systems.
Debbie Diesen
Posted Mar 5, 2012 @ 11:59 AM
I'm pleased to welcome Dr. Oran B. Hesterman to Michigander Monday!
Goetz Farm vendor by Angela J. Cesere
Posted Mar 5, 2012 @ 11:28 AM
A program that doubles the value of food stamps when they're used at farmers markets in Michigan has proven to be a win-win for farmers and low-income consumers, according to an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit.