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USDA Begins Certification Process for Conservation Compliance

October 31, 2014

On Friday, October 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a revised certification document, known as an AD-1026 form, that will allow farmers who receive crop insurance premium subsidies to certify that they are in compliance with highly erodible land (HEL) and wetland conservation requirements, collectively known as “conservation compliance.”  In conjunction with the […]

Release: New Report Finds Farmers Harmed by Decline in Nation’s Public Seed Supply

October 31, 2014

New Report Finds Farmers Harmed by Decline in Nation’s Public Seed Supply Contact: Juli Obudzinski, (202) 547-5754, jobudzinski@sustainableagriculture.net October 31, 2014, Washington, DC — A much-anticipated analysis of the state of our country’s plant and animal breeding infrastructure and seed supply was released today, marking the first such analysis in over ten years.  The proceedings […]

New Report Finds Farmers Harmed by Decline in Nation’s Public Seed Supply

October 31, 2014

Everything starts with seeds. Sustainable and organic agriculture and local food systems depends on this critical first building block.

USDA announces $4 million in funding to promote bee habitat

October 29, 2014

On October 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $4 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding for financial and technical assistance to help farmers promote and protect honey bee health and habitat. The funding is a renewal and expansion of the $3 million in EQIP money set aside this year for pollinator protection.  The EQIP funding […]

New Guide Available on Matched Savings Accounts for Beginning Farmers

October 28, 2014

When Congress returns next month, they will debate whether to provide first time funding for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Individual Development Account program

Grant Announcement and Webinar on Co-ops and Local Food

October 27, 2014

Following closely on recent announcements about the Rural Business Enterprise Grant and Rural Business Opportunities Grant awards to support small businesses and economic development in rural communities, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced the latest round of grantees for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program (RCDG) on Friday, October 24.  The timing of […]

EPA Advisory Board Backs Scientific Basis for “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

October 24, 2014

On Thursday, October 23, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) released its 103-page review of the agency’s hydrology connectivity report. The report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, reviews and synthesizes hydrology literature and is largely the scientific basis for the EPA and […]

USDA Creates New Website for Climate Hubs

October 24, 2014

On Wednesday, October 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new website dedicated to its regional climate change “hubs,” which the Department created in 2013.  USDA maintains seven hubs–Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Northern Plains, Southern Plains, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast–and three sub-hubs–Caribbean, Northern Forests, and California.  USDA created the three sub-hubs where “special aspects […]

NSAC member organizations receive Rural Business Enterprise Grants from USDA

October 23, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 50 new Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) for the 2014 fiscal year, including awards for two NSAC member organizations. Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and National Hmong American Farmers (NHAF) each received RBEG awards from USDA’s Rural Development agency.  The announcement follows an earlier […]

NSAC Helps Deliver Soil Health Vision Statement to USDA

October 21, 2014

On Friday, October 17, more than 40 national organizations, companies, and foundations delivered a joint vision statement for soil health and cover crops to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) joined with the National Association of Conservation Districts and American Soybean Association to issue a press release and deliver the letter […]

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