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The Academy's Nutrition Care Manual is a comprehensive online resource that covers all aspects of nutrition management. NCM’s user-friendly resources include:

  • Disease-specific nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation recommendations.
  • Printable client handouts in English and Spanish.
  • Formulary database.
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New Report: Role of Local Food Systems in U.S. Farm Policy

The Congressional Research Service recently released a report on "The Role of Local Food Systems in U.S. Farm Policy." This report explains that there is no established definition for a "local food," with varying meanings between consumers and producers and a wide range of farm businesses may be involved in local food production.

Sales of locally produced foods comprise a small but growing part of U.S. agriculture. In its report, USDA estimates that local food sales totaled around $4.8 billion in 2008, about 1.6 percent of the U.S. market.

USDA estimates total farmers' market sales exceeded $1 billion in 2005. While local food production and the demand for local foods are increasing across the country, there are few USDA program provisions that directly support local and regional food systems. The 2008 Farm Bill did provide some assistance for local food systems through marketing and promotion programs.

As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Farm Bill, there is an opportunity to expand agriculture programs and provisions in ways to benefit farmers who participate in local agricultural markets. Several bills have been introduced into the 112th Congress that address provisions across the farm bill and recommend changes that support local food systems. However, reauthorization of the Farm Bill could lead to cuts in overall spending on all U.S. farm programs due to budgetary concerns.

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