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Programs in Action: Growing Business with the Value-Added Producer Grant Program

May 12, 2015

Last week, USDA announced the request for applications for this year’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program cycle. Today we check in with a past VAPG grantee to see how their farm business has grown thanks to the grant funding made possible through this important federal program! In 2012, Steve McKaskle and his family had a […]

USDA Now Accepting Applications for Value-Added Producer Grants

May 8, 2015

NSAC has released an updated version of its Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding. Individual and groups of producers, as well as farmer coops and producer-controlled businesses, are eligible to apply for these grants, which help to increase income and marketing opportunities for America’s farmers and ranchers, along with fishermen, loggers, and other harvesters of agricultural commodities.

Release: Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding, $30 Million Available This Cycle

May 8, 2015

Washington, DC, May 8, 2015 – In conjunction with today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture inviting applications for funding through the Farm Bill’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is releasing a new, updated version of its Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding. In addition to the $30 million notice of […]

New Grant Funding to Help Farmers Markets Accept SNAP Benefits

May 7, 2015

On Tuesday, May 5th, Kevin Concannon, USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNS), announced the availability of $3.3 million in funding for Farmers Market SNAP Support Grants. The program aims to support the ability of farmers markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as a form of payment. “We have seen […]

Briefing Spotlights Local Food, Farmer Livelihoods, Community Development, and Healthy Food Access

May 6, 2015

On Tuesday, May 5th, a Congressional briefing organized by the Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative (FAPC)* highlighted federal programs to support local and regional food and farming, economic development, improved health outcomes, and access to good food. The briefing was part of a successful and growing partnership of FAPC members, linking federal policy with place-based outcomes and […]

130 Organizations Deliver Letter Opposing Cuts to Conservation

May 5, 2015

On Tuesday, May 5, more than 130 organizations from around the country urged the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees to oppose cuts to farm bill conservation funding in fiscal year (FY) 2016 appropriations legislation. The letter was sent by a broad range of groups, including the American Seed Trade Association, National Farmers Union, American Society […]

New Funding Available for Conservation Partnership Projects

May 5, 2015

On Monday, May 4, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $235 million to fund conservation projects through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in fiscal year 2016. As its name implies, RCPP supports partnerships between farm and conservation organizations working with state and federal agencies to deliver federal farm […]

Farm to School Advocates Visit D.C. to Speak Up for the Farm to School Act of 2015

April 30, 2015

This week, 24 farmers, school nutrition directors, extension agents, and tribal representatives from 17 states across the country descended on Capitol Hill.

House and Senate Release Negotiated Budget Resolution for 2016

April 30, 2015

On Wednesday, April 29, House and Senate negotiators released a compromise budget resolution, known as a “conference report,” which sets out spending levels and policy goals for 2016 and beyond. The House and Senate passed their respective versions of the annual budget resolution at the end of March. The House is expected to vote on […]

Whole Farm Revenue Protection Policy Reaches First Year Milestone

April 28, 2015

Early Data Shows Whole-Farm has Increased Sales in its First Year The last day to purchase a Whole Farm Revenue Insurance (WFRP) policy passed on March 15, and the first sales statistics for the new policy are beginning to become clear. To date, RMA has reported that 1046 WFRP policies were sold for the 2015 […]

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