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Hundreds of Groups Support the American Prairies Conservation Act

January 30, 2018

Earlier this month, roughly 200 conservation, agriculture, wildlife, taxpayer and sportsmen organizations signed on to a letter of support for the American Prairies Conservation Act (S. 1913, H.R. 3939), introduced by Senators John Thune (R-SD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Tim Walz (D-MN). This […]

RELEASE: New Legislation Will Expand Access to Crop Insurance and Commitment to Conservation

January 19, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 202-547-5754, rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Bill Expands Access to Crop Insurance, Commitment to Conservation NSAC supports effort to modernize crop insurance program Washington, DC, January 19, 2018 – Today, Representative Rick Nolan (D-MN), Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, introduced […]

RELEASE: Window for 2018 Conservation Stewardship Program Enrollment Opens

January 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 202-547-5754, rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Window for 2018 Conservation Stewardship Program Enrollment Opens National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition urges farmers to apply before the March 2018 deadline Washington, DC, January 18, 2018 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that farmers and ranchers […]

CBO Report Provides Roadmap to Crop Insurance Modernization

January 11, 2018

In December, right before Christmas, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) quietly released a bombshell report revealing what many agriculture policy analysts have long known – that modernizing the federal crop insurance program wouldn’t spell disaster, but rather savings and improvements. For example, the report found that by introducing a $50,000 cap on crop insurance premium […]

RELEASE: Healthy Fields and Farm Economies Act to Strengthen Federal Conservation Programs

January 10, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 202-547-5754, rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Healthy Fields and Farm Economies Act to Strengthen Federal Conservation Programs National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition applauds effort by Representatives Faso (R-NY) and Fudge (D-OH) Washington, DC, January 10, 2018 – The Healthy Fields and Farm Economies Act, a bipartisan bill introduced today in the […]

Welcome Back Congress: New Year, Long To-Do List

January 9, 2018

Less than two weeks into the new year, and Congress already has an incredibly full plate. Both the House and Senate return to work this week (the Senate has officially been back since last week), and will need to immediately dig in their massive to-do lists, not least of which include finalizing fiscal year (FY) […]

“Enforcement Discretion” Policy to Enhance Flexibility While FDA Fixes Food Safety Rules

January 8, 2018

As we enter the first year of compliance under Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new Produce Safety Rule, introduced as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), producers continue to experience frustration and confusion regarding FDA’s distinction between a “farm” and a “facility.” Since the Produce Safety Rule was first introduced, this seemingly innocuous […]

RFA Roundup: Funding Opportunities in the New Year

January 4, 2018

The New Year may have just started, but there are already many federal funding opportunities available for eligible farmers, ranchers, non-profits, and universities. Several of these opportunities opened last year and have rapidly approaching deadlines. Others have been more recently posted, and you may have missed the Request for Application (RFA) announcement during the end-of-year […]

Deadline Approaching for Value-Added Producer Grant Applications!

January 3, 2018

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published in August of 2017 and has been republished to highlight the approaching application deadline: January 24, 2018 for electronic applications and January 31, 2018 for paper applications. To learn more about the Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG), please see the blog post below. You can also consult our […]

$17.6 Million Available for Organic Research Funding

January 2, 2018

After much anticipation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released its Request for Applications (RFA) for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) last week. OREI grants provide crucial support to the organic industry by funding research, education, and extension projects to improve and advance organic agriculture. NIFA estimates there […]

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