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A new report from Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) shows that food-system loans perform and that revolving loan funds can successfully support local food system borrowers in their communities. Debunking Risk in Food System Lending reports on data from over a thousand loans made to food-focused enterprises, showing low default rates in line with the performance of traditional revolving loan fund portfolios. CDFA concludes that food-related enterprises are strong borrowers that can be well-suited for traditional lending approaches like those offered through revolving loan funds....

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) has posted the results of 18 high-priority research projects aimed at advancing agricultural environmental conservation and the local foods, dairy, crops, maple, and livestock sectors. The projects were conducted in 2021 with $300,000 in funding from the New York State Legislature, which established the program to develop the potential of the northern New York region to be a farm-based economic powerhouse. The projects included a regional food hub feasibility study; horticultural research on season extension for fruits, vegetables, and berries; investigations into climate adaptability for livestock; and evaluations of European-bred forage crops....

Related ATTRA Publication: Meat Plants: Improving Profitability in Small and Very Small Operations Oregon State University Extension Service Small Farms program has been awarded two grants for projects to strengthen the food system by improving the viability of small and mid-size farms and food businesses. The first is a Regional Food Systems Partnerships Program grant that will support work with eight food hubs in Oregon. The second is a $591,951 grant to the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network for "Meat in the Middle," which will create a stronger mid-tier niche meat supply chain through training, business coaching, and peer support. The project...

Related ATTRA Podcast: Food Hubs and School Sales A report released by the Iowa Food Hub Managers Working Group and ISU Extension and Outreach showed that school purchases of local food from food hubs dropped from 2020 to 2021, when financial incentives were no longer available. In 2020, schools received Local Produce and Protein Program grants, but when those funds were no longer available in 2021, many fewer schools purchased local food. Schools that already had established relationships with local food providers were likely to continue to purchase local foods, however. Over time, schools with established relationships tend to make larger and...

In this episode, Tammy Howard, a National Center for Appropriate Technology sustainable agriculture specialist at NCAT’s Rocky Mountain West Regional Office, talks with Alison Patrick of the Feed our Future initiative, based in northeast Ohio. Tammy and Alison talk about the Feed our Future Farm to School pilot program, which led to the development of a school purchasing cooperative and a wide expansion of local produce purchasing. She also discusses the important role that food hubs have played in providing the quantity and consistency that school require. Related ATTRA Resources: Feasibility for a Central Texas Food Hub Food Hubs Food Hubs: A Producer Guide Food Hubs...

In this bonus episode, Lacy Stephens of the National Farm to School Network talks with Alicia Ellingsworth of the Kansas City Food Hub and KC Farm School. Alicia shares the benefits, opportunities, and strategies for successful school sales from the perspective of a food hub operator and also shares insight on the benefits of selling through a food hub from the perspective of the producer. She also shares insight on the unique relationship between KC Food Hub and KC Farm School that opens up the world of food and farming to children and the community. This podcast is one of a...