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Weekly Update – June 22-26, 2009

June 29, 2009

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT VAPG NOSA Update:  A revised Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) has received upper-level USDA approval and we expect it to be published soon.  The new application will have a 90 day proposal period.  USDA will rescind the original NOSA and will be in touch with applicants who […]

Weekly Update – June 15-19, 2009

June 23, 2009

LAST WEEK House Appropriations Passes 2010 Ag Spending Bill:  Late at night on Thursday, June 18, the House Appropriations Committee approved by voice vote the Fiscal Year 2010 agricultural spending bill.  The bill will be on the House floor starting July 7 or soon thereafter.  The Senate appropriations subcommittee will get the Senate process started […]

Weekly Update – June 8-12, 2009

June 15, 2009

ACTION ALERT Plan Now for August Recess! You don’t have to go all the way to Washington DC to meet with your Congressman, Senators or their staff. In August, your legislators will be coming to you! During the August recess they’ll be heading for their home state or district to meet with constituents, to attend […]

Weekly Update – June 1-5, 2009

June 8, 2009

GREAT NEWS! Ann Wright Named Deputy Undersecretary: We are enormously happy and proud to report that Ann Wright, former Sustainable Agriculture Coalition advocate, was named this week by USDA Secretary Vilsack as Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP). MRP oversees the Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, and Grain Inspection […]

Weekly Update – May 26-29, 2009

June 1, 2009

ACTION ALERT Organic Initiative Sign-Up Extended in Some States:  The Natural Resources Conservation Service has given States the option to extend their sign-up period for Organic Initiative funds beyond the initial deadline of May 29th.  NSAC has posted a new alert for producers on state extensions. The Organic Initiative is a special $50 million pool […]

Weekly Update – May 18-22, 2009

May 26, 2009

ACTION NEEDED Organic Initiative Sign-Up Extended in Some States: The sign-up for the special $50 million in Organic Initiative funds offered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) continues. Last week, states had the option to extend their sign-up periods beyond the initial three-week offering. To see whether a state has extended, see this list […]

Weekly Update – May 11-15, 2009

May 18, 2009

ACTION NEEDED Sign On Now for a CSP Sign Up:  NSAC is circulating a sign-on letter to Secretary Vilsack urging prompt implementation of the Conservation Stewardship Program.  The letter seeks program improvements and a spring sign up for the new nationwide, continuously available CSP.  The cutoff date for sign-ons is close of business on Tuesday, […]

Weekly Update – May 4-8, 2009

May 12, 2009

ACTION NEEDED Organic Initiative Funds Now Available! First Sign up Period: May 11 – May 29 In dialogue with NSAC, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) has reserved a special $50 million pool of funding for a new Organic Initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The Initiative, announced on Tuesday May 5 by […]

NRCS Organic Initiative

May 6, 2009

NRCS Organic Initiative 2009: NSAC’s Most Up-to-Date Information as of May 5, 2009 General On May 5, 2009, NRCS announced the set-aside of $50 million for its new 2009 Organic Initiative through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The program is administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and will be available in all […]

Weekly Update, April 27- May 1, 2009

May 4, 2009

SARE Earns Impressive Support: More than 220 state, regional and national food, farm, conservation and faith groups have signed on to a letter circulated by NSAC in support of increased funding for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE).  That so many organizations stepped up over a short nine day sign on period speaks […]


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