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USDA announces $4 million in funding to promote bee habitat

October 29, 2014

On October 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $4 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding for financial and technical assistance to help farmers promote and protect honey bee health and habitat. The funding is a renewal and expansion of the $3 million in EQIP money set aside this year for pollinator protection.  The EQIP funding […]

New Guide Available on Matched Savings Accounts for Beginning Farmers

October 28, 2014

When Congress returns to Washington D.C. next month after Election Day and several months on recess, they will have important decisions to make concerning how to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. Among these discussions will be negotiations over how much funding to provide to critical food and farm programs that […]

Grant Announcement and Webinar on Co-ops and Local Food

October 27, 2014

Following closely on recent announcements about the Rural Business Enterprise Grant and Rural Business Opportunities Grant awards to support small businesses and economic development in rural communities, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced the latest round of grantees for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program (RCDG) on Friday, October 24.  The timing of […]

EPA Advisory Board Backs Scientific Basis for “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

October 24, 2014

On Thursday, October 23, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) released its 103-page review of the agency’s hydrology connectivity report. The report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, reviews and synthesizes hydrology literature and is largely the scientific basis for the EPA and […]

USDA Creates New Website for Climate Hubs

October 24, 2014

On Wednesday, October 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new website dedicated to its regional climate change “hubs,” which the Department created in 2013.  USDA maintains seven hubs–Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Northern Plains, Southern Plains, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast–and three sub-hubs–Caribbean, Northern Forests, and California.  USDA created the three sub-hubs where “special aspects […]

NSAC member organizations receive Rural Business Enterprise Grants from USDA

October 23, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 50 new Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) for the 2014 fiscal year, including awards for two NSAC member organizations. Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and National Hmong American Farmers (NHAF) each received RBEG awards from USDA’s Rural Development agency.  The announcement follows an earlier […]

NSAC Helps Deliver Soil Health Vision Statement to USDA

October 21, 2014

On Friday, October 17, more than 40 national organizations, companies, and foundations delivered a joint vision statement for soil health and cover crops to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) joined with the National Association of Conservation Districts and American Soybean Association to issue a press release and deliver the letter […]

Program Roundup – SARE Funding Available for On-Farm Research Projects

October 21, 2014

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program or SARE is a farmer driven research and education competitive grants program designed to help advance sustainable agriculture across the whole of American agriculture.  North Central, Northeastern, Western, and Southern regional councils — comprised of producers, researchers, educators, and government representatives — individually set SARE policies and make […]

Take a Stand on Food Day 2014!

October 21, 2014

Food Day 2014 is nearly here! Food Day is a day when communities all across the country are gathering to support and celebrate healthy, affordable, and sustainable food – it’s a big day for the future of our food and farms. Food Day itself is just one day – October 24 – but the reality […]

Lawmakers are scored on food and farm policy votes

October 17, 2014

On October 16, Food Policy Action released its 2014 National Food Policy Scorecard.  The National Food Policy Scorecard, launched in 2012, rates members of Congress based on their positions on food and farm policy votes.  The purpose of the scorecard is to highlight the importance of food policy, educate voters, and bring transparency and accountability […]

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