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Briefing Spotlights Local Food, Farmer Livelihoods, Community Development, and Healthy Food Access

May 6, 2015

On Tuesday, May 5th, a Congressional briefing organized by the Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative (FAPC)* highlighted federal programs to support local and regional food and farming, economic development, improved health outcomes, and access to good food. The briefing was part of a successful and growing partnership of FAPC members, linking federal policy with place-based outcomes and […]

130 Organizations Deliver Letter Opposing Cuts to Conservation

May 5, 2015

On Tuesday, May 5, more than 130 organizations from around the country urged the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees to oppose cuts to farm bill conservation funding in fiscal year (FY) 2016 appropriations legislation. The letter was sent by a broad range of groups, including the American Seed Trade Association, National Farmers Union, American Society […]

New Funding Available for Conservation Partnership Projects

May 5, 2015

On Monday, May 4, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $235 million to fund conservation projects through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in fiscal year 2016. As its name implies, RCPP supports partnerships between farm and conservation organizations working with state and federal agencies to deliver federal farm […]

Farm to School Advocates Visit D.C. to Speak Up for the Farm to School Act of 2015

April 30, 2015

This week, 24 farmers, school nutrition directors, extension agents, and tribal representatives from 17 states across the country descended on Capitol Hill.

House and Senate Release Negotiated Budget Resolution for 2016

April 30, 2015

On Wednesday, April 29, House and Senate negotiators released a compromise budget resolution, known as a “conference report,” which sets out spending levels and policy goals for 2016 and beyond. The House and Senate passed their respective versions of the annual budget resolution at the end of March. The House is expected to vote on […]

Whole Farm Revenue Protection Policy Reaches First Year Milestone

April 28, 2015

Early Data Shows Whole-Farm has Increased Sales in its First Year The last day to purchase a Whole Farm Revenue Insurance (WFRP) policy passed on March 15, and the first sales statistics for the new policy are beginning to become clear. To date, RMA has reported that 1046 WFRP policies were sold for the 2015 […]

The Farmer Perspective: Championing the Farm to School Act of 2015

April 27, 2015

“Farm to school is great for a community because it builds social capital around health and wellness and makes the connection between the farming community and local schools.” —Jason Grimm, Farmer, Iowa Valley Food Co-op (North English, IA) When most people think of the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR), they think of children. However, federal […]

2016 Budget Resolution and Appropriations in Process

April 24, 2015

The House and Senate passed their respective versions of the annual budget resolution at the end of March, leading to expectations that a final version might be hashed out by close to the statutory target date of April 15. Though missing that deadline, the negotiations between House and Senate Budget Committee GOP leadership are now […]

USDA Awards $2 Million for Energy Audits and Renewable Energy

April 24, 2015

On Wednesday, April 22, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the first round of fiscal year 2015 awards for the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). The $2 million will go out to 25 intermediary entities such as universities and electric cooperatives to provide energy audits and renewable energy development assistance to producers and small businesses in […]

House Committee Hearing Highlights Farm to School

April 16, 2015

Guest blog post by the National Farm to School Network. The House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing on Wednesday April 15 to discuss the importance of federal child nutrition programs as the Committee begins an effort to reauthorize these programs within the upcoming Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR). The current bill expires at […]

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