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Recent Updates

  1. A person hands someone an apple over a display of nectarines at a farmers market.

    Accepting SNAP Benefits at Ohio Farmers Markets

    Jun 7, 2024

    The number of farmers markets in the United States has increased by almost 7,000; from 1,755 in 1994 to 8,771 in 2017 (USDA ERS, 2022). And while this growth in the number of markets has increased access to fresh, locally produced foods for many, those individuals and families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as the Federal Food Stamp program) do not have the ability to spend those benefits at all farmers markets in Ohio.
  2. Picked tomatoes on a tabletop with a label stamped over the front of the photo reading, certified organic.

    The Organic Certification Process for Farms

    May 22, 2024

    Consumer demand for organic products has grown steadily over the past several decades, with U.S. sales of organic food more than doubling from 2008 to 2019 (Figure 1). Meeting this demand through organic certification allows farmers to add value to their products while using sustainable production methods. However, organic certification is the most highly regulated food production program in the United States.
  3. Smiling young girl holding glass of milk with a straw in it.

    Pasteurization of Raw Milk for Home Consumption

    May 20, 2024

    Pasteurization is the process of heating milk to a specific temperature for a defined amount of time to kill (inactivate) organisms in milk that may cause spoilage or disease if consumed. This process has been used for over 100 years to keep consumers of commercial milk safe by following the standards of the Grade "A" Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.