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Release: New Farm Bill Resource Now Available to Help Farmers and Food Advocates Navigate USDA Programs

November 10, 2014

November 10, 2014, Washington, DC – Today the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) published a comprehensive digital guide to the key federal farm and food programs that support sustainable farm and food systems. The Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs will help farmers and non-profit organizations navigate the numerous farm bill and other […]

Election Results Will Influence Farm Policy Leadership in Congress

November 7, 2014

This week’s Republican wave election, combined with congressional retirements and term limits, will shake up the leadership of key congressional committees for food and agriculture.  Here is the brief rundown. Senate Agriculture: With the Republican takeover of the Senate, it is highly likely that Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), the current Ranking Member of the Senate […]

Press Release: New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Policy Aims for Diversified Farms

November 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Paul Wolfe, (202) 547-5754, pwolfe@sustainableagriculture.net New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Policy Aims for Diversified Farms November 6, 2014, Washington, DC – Diversified farmers will now have access to a improved crop insurance option with USDA’s release today of the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance policy.  This will be the first […]

USDA Rolls Out New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Policy

November 6, 2014

Whole Farm Revenue Protection allows farmers to insure all their crops, livestock, and nursery and greenhouse crops under one policy

Conservation Stewardship Program Rules Revised

November 5, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service published new rules governing the Conservation Stewardship Program

NRCS Releases Second Revision of Cover Crop Termination Guidelines

November 4, 2014

On Wednesday, October 29, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) issued a second revision to the Cover Crop Termination Guidelines document that was first issued in June of 2013. This second revision modifies the rules for grazing a cover crop, adds a definition of a cover crop, and defines when a cover crop is considered […]

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 […]

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