A meeting is planned at Almar Orchard, that is Jim and Linda Koan’s organic orchard!  This is scheduled for Oct 13 so come with questions and ideas how organic farming can be better supported. Also consider the programs that you have benefited from such as Organic Cost Share the EQIP Program (hoop houses, water management, pollinator support, cover crop enhancement) and how that has allowed you to be a better farmer AND citizen on planet earth.

Here is the lowdown


Media Advisory

USDA Official to Visit Michigan Farm to Discuss Farm Bill Program Assistance to Family Farms


(EAST LANSING, Mich.) – Oct. 5, 2016 – USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini is scheduled to tour Almar Orchard in Flushing to discuss how FSA Programs, such as Farm Storage Facility Loans and Emergency Loans, impact farm success.  Almar Orchard is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated farm that demonstrates how Michigan farms are able to endure natural disasters and thrive with the assistance of Farm Bill safety-net programs.

WHO:              U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

                        Val Dolcini, Administrator, Farm Service Agency (FSA)

                        Christine white, State Executive Director, Michigan Farm Service Agency (FSA)


WHAT:            Media availability with FSA Administrator Val Dolcini on a farm tour of Almar Orchard with owner, Jim Koan.  Val Dolcini will be available to discuss the 2014 Farm Bill and program changes since its implementation. 


Note:   If you are unable to attend the media event, Administrator Val Dolcini will gladly conduct phone interviews while traveling in Michigan.  Contact Savannah Halleaux for scheduling – see contact information above and below.


WHEN:            Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

                        10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


WHERE:         Almar Orchards

1431 Duffield Rd,

Flushing, MI 48433


MEDIA AVAILABILITY:        Yes - FSA Administrator Val Dolcini, Washington, DC





Savannah Halleaux

Public Affairs & Outreach Coordinator

Michigan Farm Service Agency

USDA - Farm Service Agency

(517) 324-5111


Vicki Morrone
Organic farming specialist
Center For Regional Food Systems at MSU
480 Wilson Rd Rm 303
East Lansing, MI 48824
+011-517-282-3557 (U.S. cell)
sorrone11 (Skype)

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