Study Finds GMO Label Will Not Act as Warning Label

April 18, 2016Agriculture Research, Consumers, Food Labels, GMO, Nutrition, Product Marketing

GUEST BLOG POST By Joanna Schroeder Consumers have a right to know what’s in their food. It was this statement that began a movement that included genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling initiatives. The first such “contains GM” labeling legislation (Act Relating to the Labeling of Food Produced with Genetic Engineering) was passed by Vermont and on … Read More

Member Profile: Crave Food Services

February 11, 2016Cooperatives, Farm to Institution, farm-to-school, Farm-to-Table, Farmer Profile, NEFU Members, Product Marketing, Regional Marketing

What happens when a chef, obsessed with using local ingredients finds he’s spending more time finding and ordering food than actually cooking it? If the chef is Matt Tortora, he starts a tech company and builds an online platform to connect food service workers and chefs directly to local producers. Tortora and his team at Crave … Read More

Understanding AMS’ Withdrawal of Two Voluntary Marketing Claim Standards

January 19, 2016Consumers, Meat and Poultry, Product Marketing, USDA

New England Farmers Union Note: USDA AMS withdrew its grass-fed standard last week and there were a lot of questions from Farmers Union members. The New England Farmers Union legislative chair joined a recent stakeholder call to find out more about how this impacts producers. FSIS has committed to ensuring that all grass-fed claims remain truthful. … Read More

Member Profile: Feather Down Farm Days

October 12, 2015Agritourism, NEFU Members, Product Marketing

Feather Down Farm Days, a business member of New England Farmers Union, offers luxury cabin-style accommodations to farm visitors in Europe and the Midwestern U.S. and is now expanding operations into New England. Feather Down farms generate “a substantial income to compliment their core farming activities through low-impact, sustainable, on-farm lodging,” according to Ethan Ash … Read More

UNH Research: Granite Staters Will Pay More for Local Produce

October 7, 2015Consumers, Direct to Consumer, Product Marketing, Regional Food Systems

GUEST BLOG POST By Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station Granite Staters are willing to pay more for locally grown fruits and vegetables, according to preliminary findings of new research funded by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire. This is the first study of New Hampshire consumer preferences for locally … Read More

NFU Guest Opinion: The Hoeven-Stabenow COOL Compromise Is The Only Path Forward for Food Labeling

July 28, 2015Consumers, Country of Origin Labeling, Meat and Poultry, Product Marketing

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson explains in a recent Agri-Pulse guest column that, fortunately for all parties involved in the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Sens. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and a bipartisan group of cosponsors have introduced a COOL compromise bill that both meets … Read More

Should Labels Say Meat Was Made In USA? Ranchers, Meatpackers Disagree

March 10, 2015Country of Origin Labeling, International Agriculture, Meat and Poultry, Product Marketing

GUEST BLOG POST By Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media You’ve probably seen, but may not have noticed, labels on the meat at your grocery store that say something like “Born, Raised, & Harvested in the U.S.A.” or “Born and Raised in Canada, Slaughtered in the U.S.” These country-of-origin labels, as they are known, are … Read More