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Guest Post: Disaster Assistance Program Sign-up Begins

April 18, 2014

Editor’s Note: We want to thank James Robinson of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) for this guest post on disaster assistance programs that were restored in the 2014 Farm Bill.  RAFI  works to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms.  As RAFI’s Research and Policy Associate, […]

NSAC Comments on Environmental Impacts of Produce Safety Rules

April 18, 2014

Today NSAC submitted supplemental comments on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will undertake in conjunction with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) proposed rule for produce safety.  FDA requested comments on the range of impacts and alternatives that it should consider in the EIS. When FDA […]

Funding Available for Specialty Crops

April 17, 2014

Today USDA announced the availability of $66 million through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG) to fund projects related to the research, marketing, and development of specialty crops.  The funding is available to State Departments of Agriculture, which must apply for funding and then use it to supplement state programs or make grants. SCBG […]

Funding Restored For Beginning Farmer Training Programs!

April 16, 2014

USDA recently announced the availability of $19 million for beginning farmer training grants through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program — the only federal program exclusively dedicated to training the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

Welcome to NSAC’s New Website!

April 15, 2014

NSAC’s website has a new look! There’s more coming soon, too.

Release: Funding Restored For Beginning Farmer Training Programs

April 11, 2014

News Release: USDA has announced the availability of $19 million in funding for beginning farmer training grants through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

Budget Finale, Appropriations Start Up as Congress Leaves Town

April 11, 2014

Congress has just left town to return home for a two-week recess; the House and Senate will not be back in session until the week of April 28. What will this mean for budget action?

Bill Introduced to Thwart State Efforts to Require GMO Labeling

April 11, 2014

The issue of labeling products that contain genetically modified (GMO) material is contentious and has faced strong opposition from many industry groups but has been backed aggressively by consumer advocacy groups.  It is estimated that 80 percent of food in the United States contains at least one genetically engineered ingredient, and polls have indicated that […]

Conservation and Consumer Interests Again Excluded from Ag Research Advisory Board

April 9, 2014

After a lengthy nomination process, USDA announced yesterday the appointment of eight new members to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. The NAREEE Advisory Board advises the Secretary of Agriculture, USDA’s research agencies, and land-grant colleges and universities on agricultural research, extension, education, and economics policies and priorities. […]

New Local Food Procurement Guide for School Nutrition Programs

April 7, 2014

Last week, the Farm to School Program of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published Procuring Local Food for Child Nutrition Programs, a guide to help K-12 schools operating one or more Child Nutrition Programs with identifying and procuring locally grown and produced food for use at school cafeterias. Using examples from school districts, State agencies, […]

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