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$350 Million to Protect Wetlands, Grasslands, and Farmland

November 20, 2015

On Thursday, November 19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $350 million in fiscal year (FY) 2016 for long-term easements to protect wetlands, grasslands, and farm and ranch land. The funding is available through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which the 2014 Farm Bill created by combining the Wetland Reserve […]

CAFOs and Cover Crops: A Closer Look at 2015 EQIP Dollars

November 20, 2015

What do Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and cover crops have in common? Both receive millions of dollars in funding each year through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This post digs into EQIP data from Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 to highlight major conservation wins, as well as identify critical opportunities for improvements in this working […]

New Guidebook Will Help Organic Farmers Access Conservation Programs

November 19, 2015

On Thursday, November 19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published a new handbook to help NRCS field staff work more effectively with organic and transitioning-to-organic producers. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, which along with several of its member organizations contributed to the new guide, issued a press release on the […]

RELEASE: USDA Releases New Handbook to Help NRCS Staff Work with Organic and Transitioning-to-Organic Producers

November 19, 2015

Contact: Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754 USDA Releases New Handbook to Help NRCS Staff Work with Organic and Transitioning-to-Organic Producers Washington, D.C., November 19, 2015 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the release of a new handbook aimed at helping Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) field staff work with organic and transitioning-to-organic producers. In […]

New Resources for Transitioning to Organic Production

November 18, 2015

This fall, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released two resources aimed at helping producers transition to organic production, with one more expected soon. Here is a brief rundown, plus a quick review of major USDA conservation program decisions coming down the pike. New Business Planner On November 13, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) […]

New Scorecard Reveals Legislators’ Stance on Good Food Policy Issues

November 17, 2015

A new report was released today that scores federal legislators on food policy issues. The National Food Policy Score Scorecard: 2015 Progress Report, was compiled by the D.C.-based non-profit organization, Food Policy Action, which was launched in 2012 as a collaborative effort to hold legislators accountable for their votes that impact the food system. Introducing the […]

Farm to School Awards Made Just as Congress Faces Last Chance to Pass A New Child Nutrition Bill

November 17, 2015

On Tuesday, November 17, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $4.8 million in grants for 74 projects in 39 states through the USDA Farm to School Grant Program for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The Farm to School Grant Program promotes healthy kids through nutritious school meals and snacks from local and regional producers […]

Release: NSAC Comments on Farm to School Grant Awards

November 17, 2015

Contact: Alyssa Charney; Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 Release: Farm to School Program in Great Demand, Congress Should Respond by Passing the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization Today’s announcement by USDA of the latest round of Farm to School Grant awards demonstrates a pressing need for more support for farm to school, as the demand for programs that […]

What’s the Conservation Stewardship Program “Makeover” All About?

November 17, 2015

The Conservation Stewardship Program, the largest conservation program in the United States, is undergoing a major overhaul, or “makeover” for the 2016 sign-up period.

New Study Finds Investment in Agroecology Falls Short

November 16, 2015

On Friday, November 10, the Journal of Environmental Science & Policy published an article, Investing in the transition to sustainable agriculture, which provides an analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and partners to identify how much U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2014 competitive grant funding for research and education incorporated agroecology. According to […]

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