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New Beginning Farmer and Conservation Crop Insurance Changes Announced

July 1, 2014

On Monday June 30, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) released an interim rule outlining seven actions it is taking to modify crop insurance inline with the requirements of the 2014 Farm Bill, to increase access for beginning farmers and encourage natural resource conservation.  NSAC supported the inclusion of several […]

Seasonal High Tunnels Support Conservation and New Farmers

June 27, 2014

New updates on how the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative has benefited new farmers and encouraged additional conservation efforts.

Melone Testifies at House Agriculture Committee in Support of New Farmers

June 27, 2014

On Wednesday, June 25, the House Agriculture Committee’s subcommittee that deals with rural development and farm credit issues held an oversight hearing on credit availability in rural America.  As is so often the case in these types of hearings, it quickly turned into a slug fest between the Farm Credit System and the banking industry […]

Farmers Speak Out on Critical USDA Programs

June 27, 2014

Farmers and business leaders from around the country met with USDA, OMB, and members of Congress to advocate for USDA programs that support sustainable agriculture.

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Solutions to Climate Change Effects

June 25, 2014

On June 25, the one-year anniversary of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) announced the availability of a document that articulates principles and recommendations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to consider as it implements conservation programs under the 2014 Farm Bill that address the […]

Release: NSAC Recommends Climate Solutions through Farm Bill Conservation Programs

June 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sophia Kruszewski or Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 NSAC Recommends USDA Actions to Address Climate Change through Farm Bill Conservation Program Implementation June 25, 2014, Washington, DC – On the one-year anniversary of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) announces the availability of a document that articulates principles […]

New USDA Website, Rules for Beginning Farmers

June 23, 2014

On Monday, June 23, U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the implementation of several 2014 Farm Bill measures as well as other policy initiatives to help support new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Harden made the announcement at the inaugural meeting of the reconvened Beginning Farmer and Rancher Advisory Committee in Davis, […]

Whither the 2015 Agriculture Funding Process?

June 20, 2014

On Thursday, June 19, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) postponed consideration of the Senate’s three-part spending package for Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development for fiscal year 2015.  The Senate began consideration of the FY 2015 appropriations package on Tuesday, and was scheduled to begin to voting on amendments on Thursday.  However, Majority […]

Funding Available to Boost Declining Honey Bee Population

June 20, 2014

On Friday, June 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations on their existing CRP acres.  These five states are home for more […]

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Clean Water Act Agricultural Exemptions

June 20, 2014

On Thursday, June 19, the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry of the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing entitled, “A Review of the Interpretive Rule regarding the applicability of Clean Water Act agricultural exemptions.” The interpretive rule was included in the joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)  […]


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