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USDA Announces Microenterprise Training Awards

July 31, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, USDA announced that it has provided $300,000 in grant funding to each of 10 organizations to provide training and technical assistance to rural micro-entrepreneurs who are seeking to start or grow rural small businesses.  The $300,000 is carry-over funding from previous years, not to be confused with the $1.5 million in […]

White House and USDA Honor Beginning Farmer “Champions of Change”

July 30, 2014

On Tuesday, July 29, the White House honored 15 “Champions of Change” working to build a strong foundation for the next generation of farmers and ranchers.  The champions were also recognized at the U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) on Monday, July 28.  The White House Champions of Change programs honor everyday Americans doing extraordinary things […]

Tyson Hillshire Merger Deserves DOJ Scrutiny

July 30, 2014

On July 16, Tyson food, Inc. (Tyson) announced a hostile takeover of Hillshire Brands Co. (Hillshire) with the hope that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would quickly approve the merger. On July 24, NSAC along with 81 other like-minded organizations wrote a letter opposing a quick review and asking for DOJ to undertake a more […]

Q&A on the “Waters of the US” Proposed and Interpretive Rule

July 25, 2014

There has been a lot of attention lately on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as it engages with the farming community on the proposed rule to define “Waters of the U.S.”  The so-called WOTUS rule would define which bodies of water fall under EPA’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction.  In an accompanying post, we provided an update […]

Waters of the US: What’s it all About?

July 25, 2014

Learn about EPA’s proposed water rules and what it means for the farming community

Senate Hearing on School Meals Highlights Challenges and Opportunities

July 25, 2014

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing entitled, “Meeting the Challenges of Feeding America’s School Children,” which examined the challenges and successes in serving healthier school meals across the country, as mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, also known as the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act […]

Funding Restored for Outreach and Assistance for Underserved Farmers

July 24, 2014

Funding available to support programs for minority, tribal, and veteran producers

New School Lunch Pilot for Locally-Grown Produce Accepting Applications from States

July 22, 2014

Yesterday, July 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a Request for Applications from states interested in participating in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Kevin Concannon, the USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, announced […]

USDA Webinar on the Grass Fed Program for Small Livestock Operations

July 22, 2014

On Tuesday, August 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) will hold a webinar about the previously announced Grass-Fed Program for Small and Very Small (SVS) Producers.  The webinar will be held from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Time.  During the webinar AMS will provide an overview of the USDA […]

$13 million in Organic Certification Cost Share Assistance Now Available

July 18, 2014

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding for organic certification cost-share assistance for organic producers and handlers.  Payments for certification-related expenses incurred from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014 can cover up to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs, […]

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