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RMA Drops Surcharge on Some Organic Crops

August 31, 2010

On Tuesday, August 31, USDA’s Risk Management Agency announced that it would eliminate the 5 percent surcharge imposed on organic producers for certain tree crops and would offer an organic price election for cotton, corn, soybeans and processing tomatoes. NSAC members and allies fought hard to remove unjustified barriers to participation in crop insurance programs […]

Livestock Market Concentration Workshop Held in CO

August 28, 2010

On Friday, August 27, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, presided over joint USDA and Department of Justice hearings to examine competition in the livestock market.   Held in Fort Collins, Colorado, this was the fourth in a series of workshops to discuss market consolidation and market transparency.   According to the […]

Farmers Ask for Fair Markets and Contracts

August 26, 2010

In June, the USDA’s Office of Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards (GIPSA) issued a proposed rule that promises to finally rein in some of the worst anti-competitive abuses of meat packers and impose a measure of contract fairness for poultry producers.  Lauded by NSAC and many major farm organizations the rules have the potential to […]

EPA Releases Clean Water Act Strategy

August 24, 2010

On Friday, August 20, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft strategy for improving clean water goals.  The new draft strategy is open for public comment until September 17.  A final strategy is expected before year’s end. Comments may be read and made here. According to the draft, “Despite our best efforts and many […]

National Organic Program News

August 24, 2010

The August edition of the National Organic Program newsletter features stories on the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program and its new program manager, as well as news on the upcoming National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in October.  The NOP also released news this week on the use of methionine in organic poultry production. […]

Senators Urge Implementation of USDA Rules to Address Corporate Control and Restore Competitive Markets and Contract Fairness in Livestock and Poultry Markets

August 13, 2010

USDA’s Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) issued proposed rules in June that promise to outlaw preferential pricing, expand producer rights to sue over unfair and deceptive practices, and compel contract fairness for poultry producers. The rules have been widely praised by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), NSAC member groups from all parts of the country, and many other farm organizations.

Revised Senate Food Safety Bill Includes Important Amendments

August 13, 2010

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a copy of the “manager’s amendment” to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) which is, in essence, the bill as reported out of the HELP Committee late last year as modified by a long and arduous set of negotiations that have taken place […]

Senators Support USDA’s Comprehensive GIPSA Proposed Rule

August 13, 2010

On Friday, August 13, twenty-one Senators from joined on a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack in support of a proposed rule to clarify and strengthen the protections for farmers and ranchers provided in the Packers and Stockyards Act.   The letter was sponsored by Senators Tom Harkin (IA) and Tim Johnson (SD).  A copy of the letter […]

USDA Grants for Renewable Energy Systems Feasibility Studies

August 6, 2010

On Friday, August 6, USDA announced that $3 million in FY2010 funding is available for grants to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems for agriculture producers and rural small businesses.  The grants are part of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  Grant applications must be submitted to your state Rural Development office by […]

Senate Passes Child Nutrition Bill

August 5, 2010

On Thursday, August 5, the  Senate passed a child nutrition program re-authorization bill by unanimous consent. The bill provides a 6-cent per meal increase in school lunch reimbursements, expands school meal eligibility, and establishes stronger nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools.  It also includes $40 million in mandatory funding for the Farm to […]

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