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Organic Farming… Before It Was Cool

January 23, 2015

Looking to transition to organic farming? Curious which cover crops will work in your region? Look no further than PubAg, the National Agricultural Library’s (NAL) newest search engine. This month, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has unveiled this free search engine tool for USDA and peer reviewed agriculture-related research publications. Their digital collection features 40,000 full-text articles from […]

ICYMI — Webinar on New Whole Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance Policy

January 23, 2015

ICYMI – On Wednesday January 21, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA) presented a national webinar on the Risk Management Agency’s new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance policy, a new risk management product designed for diversified farms. Crop insurance specialists with […]

New Year, New USDA Farm to School Webinars

January 20, 2015

Farm to school activities connect school children with healthy foods from local farmers. These efforts include bringing locally produced food into school cafeterias, integrating lessons in agriculture, food, and nutrition into the school day, and establishing school gardens. Farm to school also provides new economic opportunities for local farmers, ranchers, and fishers. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) supports […]

Funding Available to Establish a National Center for Food Safety Training

January 16, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a request for applications (RFA) to establish a National Coordination Center as part of the Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Grants Program. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for […]

USDA Announces $370 Million in Conservation Partnership Awards

January 14, 2015

Secretary Tom Vilsack announces awards for the recently created Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Act Now: Comments on Conservation Stewardship Program are Due January 20!

January 13, 2015

Using sustainable farming methods to grow food and fiber is nothing new – in fact, sustainable farming is the foundation of growing practices in our nation and around the world. Although many of today’s farmers know more than a thing or two about feeding our nation’s families while conserving soil for future generations, keeping our […]

Institute of Medicine Releases Food Systems Framework

January 13, 2015

On Tuesday, January 13, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council published A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System to aid in food and agriculture decision making. Sponsored by the JPB Foundation, this report outlines guiding principles and practical steps for stakeholders to weigh the varying tradeoffs associated with the vastly […]

Release: Farmers and the public must act to help improve nation’s largest conservation program

January 13, 2015

January 13, 2015, Washington, D.C. – The nation’s largest federal conservation program that helps working farmers manage their land sustainably – the Conservation Stewardship Program – is in major need of improvements, says the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, reflecting the views of farmer constituents of their member organizations. Problems with the program are making it […]

Release: NSAC, NCAT and RAFI to Host National Webinar on New Whole Farm Revenue Protection Policy – January 21, 2015

January 12, 2015

Release:  NSAC, NCAT and RAFI to Host National Webinar on New Whole Farm Revenue Protection Policy – January 21, 2015 January 12, 2015, Washington, D.C. — There’s a new crop insurance option now available for diversified farmers – Whole Farm Revenue Insurance – and an upcoming webinar will help farmers understand whether it’s right for them.  […]

Beginning Farmer Training Grants Now Available!

January 12, 2015

The USDA announced the availability of nearly $19 million to support new farmer training programs.

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