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NSAC Members Set 2016 Priorities for Sustainable Agriculture

February 5, 2016

Last week, over 100 representatives of 50 member organizations of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) gathered in Davis, CA for their annual Winter Meeting to discuss, debate, and vote on the coalition’s policy priorities for the coming year. NSAC’s meeting was hosted by the California Caucus, a set of 15 NSAC member groups based […]

Conservation Stewardship Program 2016 Sign-Up Opens

February 4, 2016

Farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year have until March 31 to submit their initial applications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). USDA will enroll 10 million acres of farm and ranch land in the program this year, with payments to farmers and […]

RELEASE: USDA Announces Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-up for 2016

February 4, 2016

Over 20 million acres of farm and ranch lands eligible for conservation support

Direct Marketing and Local Food the Focus of House Agriculture Committee Hearing

February 3, 2016

Farmers, ranchers, and advocates from across the country gathered yesterday, February 2, 2016, to speak with members of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research about their experiences in direct farmer to consumer marketing, farm to institution marketing, and other local food strategies. The subcommittee convened six expert witnesses, with support from […]

RELEASE: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Honors Sustainability Champion, Mark Lipson

February 2, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ferd Hoefner (NSAC) 202-547-5754 National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Honors Sustainability Champion,  Mark Lipson Washington, DC, February 2, 2016 – At its annual Winter Meeting, this year hosted in Davis, California, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) honored farmer and former Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor for the Office of the Secretary […]

New Mitigation Program Will Help Offset Wetland Losses

January 29, 2016

In an effort to offset the widespread draining of wetlands for agricultural production, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has begun to fund wetland “banks” to help landowners compensate for negative impacts made to wetlands on their properties. On Thursday, January 28, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service began soliciting proposals from states, local governments and […]

Local Foods, Local Places Energizes Food Economies in 27 New Communities

January 27, 2016

The United States farm sector has been steadily shrinking for years. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture the farming population shrunk by 4 percent between 2007 and 2012, while new farmers (farming for 5 years or less) declined by as much as 23.3 percent. And as the farmers go, so goes farmland; recent estimates […]

Innovative Grazing Apprenticeship Program Attracts Young Farmers  

January 26, 2016

The aging of America’s farmer population has become of increasing concern in the last several decades as older farmers retire without a new generation ready to take their place. Given the challenges inherent in farm life– hard work, high risk, and unreliable earnings– younger generations have been leaving rural areas for more secure career opportunities, […]

Expanded USDA Microloans Program Increases Opportunity for Small and Beginning Farmers

January 25, 2016

Access to credit continues to be an urgent need for farmers across the country, especially for small and beginning farmers. Starting a new farm is not unlike starting any other small business–it can require significant upfront capital to get off the ground. USDA recently announced exciting changes to their Microloan Program, including launching a new […]

Senate Agriculture Committee Unanimously Approves Child Nutrition Bill

January 20, 2016

Senate Agriculture Committee takes a critical step forward by voting on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

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