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Congress Prepares to Pass Funding Extension, Includes Provision to Fill Farm Loan Shortfall

December 9, 2016

In order to keep the country’s lights on, Congress will need to pass –and the President will need to sign– new appropriations legislation before midnight tonight. Yesterday, the House passed a “continuing resolution” (CR) 326-96, to extend last year’s funding levels for a second time until April 28 (the first CR was passed and signed […]

RELEASE: Expanding Opportunities to Participate in CCRP Will Enhance Agricultural Conservation Efforts

December 7, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik, 202-547-5754, RKovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754, GFogel@sustainableagriculture.net Expanding Opportunities to Participate in CCRP Will Enhance Agricultural Conservation Efforts Washington, DC, December 7, 2016 – The new rental rate cap for continuous CRP (CCRP) practices is a great example of USDA thinking creatively about how to improve conservation opportunities while also responding […]

RFA Roundup Pt. II: Deadline Reminders and New Applications

December 7, 2016

With two months of the fiscal year (FY) already underway, agricultural grant program deadlines are cropping up quickly, and many are expiring just as fast. In an effort to help farmers and advocates stay up to date with the deadlines and requirements of these Requests For Application (RFA) notices, we have updated our RFA Roundup […]

USDA Grasslands Initiative Expanding in States with Highest Losses

December 6, 2016

  At the end of just its second sign up period, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands Initiative has enrolled over 600,000 acres of vulnerable grazing land across the country. Strong support for the Grasslands Initiative so early on is a positive sign, but high variability in participation amongst the […]

RELEASE: Senior Policy Staff Member to Take Helm as Policy Director for NSAC

December 2, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik, 202-547-5754, RKovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754, GFogel@sustainableagriculture.net Senior Policy Staff Member to Take Helm as Policy Director for National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Washington, DC, December 2, 2016 – The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) today announced the appointment of Greg Fogel as the Coalition’s next Policy Director, effective January 3, 2017. […]

USDA Publishes New Resource to Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

December 2, 2016

Farming is an inherently risky business. On top of daily weather events, market fluctuations, land access, taxes, and expenses, the stress of climate change exacerbates these problems and serves to make agriculture even less predictable. Farmers and ranchers all over the United States are already experiencing the effects of climate change and severe weather events, […]

Washington State’s Food System Gets Boost from Value-Added Grant

December 1, 2016

Editor’s Note: This profile is the final piece of a 3-part series highlighting the ability of the competitive Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program to support projects that promote local and regional economic growth. On October 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service awarded 326 farm businesses a total of $45.6 million through VAPG. Visit […]

GAO Reports on FSMA Implementation; Plans Needed for Evaluating Impacts on Farmers

November 30, 2016

With the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations now finalized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the process of implementation is underway.  As part of the implementation process, FDA has the responsibility to field and respond to concerns from farmers and food businesses, and to evaluate the impact of the rules on farmers […]

NSAC Publishes Updated Resources for 2017 CSP Sign-Up Period

November 29, 2016

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a complete “reinvention” of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest working lands conservation program. While some essential details of the reinvention have yet to be announced by USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), it is important that interested farmers and ranchers submit their initial […]

RELEASE: Updated Resources Available for 2017 Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up

November 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik, 202-547-5754, RKovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Alyssa Charney, 202-547-5754, ACharney@sustainableagriculture.net Updated Resources Available for 2017 Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition releases new tools and analysis for farmers Washington, DC, November 29, 2016 – Following the release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of a “reinvented” Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) […]

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