*Here are some items of interest from ATTRA's weekly update:*

 *USDA Announces Availability of Compliance Guide for Mobile Slaughter Units

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA)." "Know
Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection
Service (FSIS) today announced the availability of the compliance guide for
mobile slaughter units. This document presents recommendations and is not a
regulatory requirement. FSIS will post this compliance guide on its
Significant Guidance Documents Web page ***
Significant_Guidance/index.asp* . "USDA is excited to offer this help to
small producers and encourages establishments who own or manage mobile
slaughter units to use this guidance document to help meet food safety
regulatory requirements," said Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Jerold
R. Mande. "Food must
be safe, regardless of where it is produced, and FSIS has worked with mobile
unit operators to develop inspection procedures tailored to their needs.


 *Glynwood Harvest Awards Seek Nominees*

Do you know visionary farmers who not only raise amazing food but have also
developed innovations in growing, marketing, and collaborating with their
community in new and exciting ways? Are there inventive individuals,
organizations or businesses in your community developing cutting-edge models
to connect people with sustainable, regionally-produced food? Please help us
recognize outstanding accomplishments from around the country by nominating
someone whose work you admire for a Glynwood Harvest Award. The Harvest
Awards honor individuals, organizations, and businesses across the United
States demonstrating innovation and leadership in support of regional 2010.

* America's Favorite Farmers' Markets" Contest Underway*

American Farmland Trust is sponsoring "America's Favorite Farmers' Markets"
contest. The purpose of the America's Favorite Farmers' Markets(tm) contest
is to spread the No Farms No Food(r) message and to raise national awareness
about local farmers' markets, the role they play in supporting local farms
and food, and the importance of local farms and farmland to our communities.
It is a free national contest that will let your customers show support for
your market, help you earn free media coverage, and bring in new shoppers
who want to support farmers' markets in your community and beyond. We will
be promoting farmers' markets on
the national level while we continue to work toward our goal of protecting
productive farmland and spreading the No Farms No Food(r) message.

* USDA Evaluating Small Meat and Poultry Processing Needs*

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a preliminary study revealing
existing gaps in the regional food systems regarding the availability of
slaughter facilities to small meat and poultry producers. The study by
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a first attempt to
identify areas in the U.S. where small livestock and poultry producers are
concentrated but may not have access to a nearby slaughter facility. The
data creates a county-by-county view of the continental United States,
indicating the concentration of small farms raising cattle, hogs and pigs,
and chicken, and also noting the location of nearby state slaughter
facilities and small and very small federal slaughter establishments. The
presentation "Slaughter Availability to Small Livestock and Poultry
Producers - Maps" may be found at:


*Survey: Foodies Willing to Pay More for Organic*

More than 83 percent of foodies say they'll pay more for at least some
organic or all natural foods, according to a recent survey from Healthbuzz,
a new go-to resource for nutrition and wellness information and inspiration
launched by Foodbuzz, an online food community. Knowing where food comes
from and what goes into the foods we eat was an important trend in the
survey results. For example, 69 percent offoodies surveyed "always" read the
nutrition panels of foods that they purchase. In addition, the majority of
foodies surveyed (83 percent) believe locally grown food to be generally
healthier. The importance of a food's source is also significant when
foodies dine out. An overwhelming 96 percent of foodies like knowing where a
restaurant's food comes from, which is underscored by the increasing number
of restaurants including this type of information on their menus. Twelve
bloggers, including registered dieticians and nutritionists, will serve as
Healthbuzz Featured Editors, providing expert advice on subjects such as
diet and nutrition, healthy recipes, specialty diets and fitness, all
connected to a central theme. For example, this month, Featured Editor Nancy
Oliveira, a Boston-based registered dietician and publisher of the blog Fit
Mama Eats, provides content on children's health.


* Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants*

The USDA's energy audits and renewable energy development assistance program
is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce
energy costs and consumption and help meet the nation's critical energy
needs. The 2008 Farm Bill mandates that the recipient of a grant that
conducts an energy audit for an agricultural producer or a rural small
business require the agricultural producer or rural small business to pay at
least 25 percent of the cost of the energy audit, which shall be retained by
the eligible entity for the cost of the audit. Proposals are due July 26,

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