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Top Sustainable Agriculture Programs Explained in New Farm Bill Guide!

November 21, 2014

Those looking for an accessible rundown on federal sustainable farming and food systems programs have a new, printed resource available to them!  The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) recently published a comprehensive printed guide to federal sustainable agriculture, forestry, entrepreneurship, conservation, food systems, and community development programs.  NSAC, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and USDA’s Sustainable […]

Organic Food Starts with Organic Seeds!

November 21, 2014

This post is the second post in a blog series devoted to exploring the importance of seeds to sustainable food and farming systems.  Since everything starts with seeds, this series will focus on the importance of public seed research to sustainable agriculture, including organic farmers and local and regional food producers, as well as to […]

Second Cover Crop Survey Confirms Yield Boost

November 20, 2014

On Tuesday, November 18, USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program released the results of the 2013-2014 Cover Crop Survey, which assesses the benefits, challenges, yield impacts, and scale of adoption of cover crops.  The North Central Region of the SARE program worked with the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) to survey more than 1,924 […]

Which Farms Have to Register with FDA?

November 19, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new proposed food safety rules for food facilities apply to those facilities that are required to register with the government.  Hence the question of who must register as a food facility with the FDA has been central to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rulemaking process since it began […]

The Top 6 Improvements with New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Policy

November 18, 2014

As farmers consider signing up, we look at why Whole-Farm Revenue Protection is better than its predecessor policies.

New USDA Assistance for Farmer Veterans

November 18, 2014

More and more military veterans are trading in their combat boots for cowboy boots and transitioning into a career in agriculture.  Many of the men and women who have served our country come from rural or agricultural backgrounds, and are either interested in returning to the family farm or pursuing farming as a therapeutic career that […]

WOTUS Walk-through: NSAC’s Comments on the EPA’s Controversial Proposed Rule

November 17, 2014

The twice-extended public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) proposed rule defining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act came to a close last Friday, November 14.  NSAC contributed to the dialogue around the proposed rule by submitting comments seeking greater clarity for agricultural producers, […]

USDA Releases Guidance Documents for Conservation Initiatives

November 13, 2014

In the final days of October, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provided its state NRCS offices with national guidance on when and how to administer various conservation initiatives for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  The initiatives are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program. An October 23 directive […]

Dairy Farmer Uses Grant for Value-Added Cheese Production

November 13, 2014

Note: This is the second in a three-part series providing a closer look at some of this year’s Value-Added Producer Grant award recipients.  To read the other blog post in this series, click here to read about how one organization used a VAPG grant to expand online access to healthy food. Few foods have the […]

Top 10 Fixes and Fails in FDA’s Revised Draft Food Safety Rules

November 12, 2014

Did FDA fix the issues in the re-proposed food safety rules? Or is there more work to be done?

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