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Cooperative Extension and the UC both companies. “P.H. Konrad will be a USDA awards $4.8 million Small Farm Program, with funding credible outlet for CRI genetics for co-op development from the California Communities throughout Poland. At the same time, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Program. CRI will share its expertise derived Kathleen Merrigan in September from experience as a major global announced that 28 organizations in 21 USDA: 5,200 farmers player in the field of bovine genetics.” states have been selected to receive $4.8 markets now open P.H. Konrad was established in 1995 as million under the Cooperative Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack a marketing firm for dairy and beef Development Grant program of USDA has announced that the number of breeding stock. In 2002, the company Rural Development. The announce- farmers markets in the United States is expanded its services into the genetic ment was made as part of the “Know up more than 13 percent from a year sector to create access for Polish Your Farmer, Know Your Food” ago. The online Farmers Market producers to the world’s best genetics. initiative, a USDA-wide collaboration Directory now lists 5,274 markets It is the largest importer of bovine that connects people more closely with nationwide, up from 4,685 in 2008. semen in Poland. the farmers who supply their food and “Farmers markets assure that CRI has also entered into a long- increase the production, marketing and consumers have easier access to local term agreement with Flying Crane consumption of fresh, nutritious food fruits and vegetables and this growth Dairy, one of China’s largest producers that is grown locally in a sustainable demonstrates incredible interest and distributors of premium infant manner. consumers have in purchasing from formula and milk powder. According to “The cooperative business model local producers,” said Vilsack. “Farmers a report in the “Business Journal of continues to be successful in creating markets also connect the community to Milwaukee,” CRI will advise Flying wealth in rural communities and can the local farmers who produce the fresh Crane as it constructs 10 dairy farms to also play an important role in food, and play an important role in the house 10,000 dairy cows. CRI will strengthening our food systems,” direct marketing of produce to local provide Flying Crane with expertise in Merrigan said. “USDA is proud to be a consumers.” farm construction, dairy production partner in the effort to bolster these Since USDA’s Agricultural technology, advanced operation cooperatives and help them increase the Marketing Service began to track concepts and farm management. value and appeal of the products and farmers markets in 1994, the number services they deliver.” has grown by nearly 4,000 nationwide.
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