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Farm Credit, Pigford Settlement Funding in House Supplemental War Spending Bill

July 2, 2010

Late on Thursday, July 1st, the House adopted by key amendments to the 2010 supplemental war spending bill (HR 4899).  The House amended a Senate-passed version of the bill from May.  Click here to view NSAC’s initial blog on this bill. The Senate bill included $950 million worth of Farm Service Agency direct and guaranteed […]

Ohio Agrees to Improve Farm Animal Welfare

July 2, 2010

On Wednesday, June 30, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohioans for Humane Farms, The Humane Society of the United States, and other parties announced a landmark farm animal welfare agreement.  This announcement came on the day that animal welfare activists were poised to submit 500,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State […]

Child Nutrition Bill with Farm to School Begins to Move in House

July 2, 2010

On Thursday, July 1, the full House Education and Labor Committee held its first hearing on Chairman George Miller’s (D-CA) Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act. Throughout the hearing endorsements for the Farm to School program were loud and clear, both from Committee members and from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.  The Miller bill includes […]

Vilsack: Farm Bill Should Emphasize Beginning Farmers

July 1, 2010

A funny thing happened on the way to a Senate Agriculture Committee farm bill hearing to review progress on implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill’s commodity, crop insurance, and disaster assistance programs.  As the lead witness at the June 30 hearing, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack did not read a single word or convey a single […]

House Markups Ag Spending Bill

June 30, 2010

On Wednesday, June 30, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee marked up and approved the annual spending bill for USDA and FDA for FY 2011.  The bill was adopted after a series of ten Republican amendments were defeated on party line votes. The bill as a whole came in at $23.1 billion, about $200 million less […]

USDA/Department of Justice Hear from Dairy Farmers

June 30, 2010

On June 25, USDA and the Department of Justice held the third in a series of workshops to hear about the impacts of market concentration and consolidation on farmers and ranchers around the country.  The third workshop, held in Madison WI, focused on dairy farmers.  In addition to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Assistant […]

FDA Calls for Comments on Antibiotics Use Guidance

June 29, 2010

On Monday June 28th, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance entitled “The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals,” calling for public comment during the next 60 days. The use of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, whether in people or animals, hastens the development of resistant microbes, including bacteria.  […]

Rural Coop Development Grants Available

June 25, 2010

On Friday, June 25, USDA announced the availability of almost $8 million in competitive grant funds through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program (RCDG). The RCDG program is designed to improve the economic conditions in rural areas by funding the establishment or operation of Coop Development Centers that can help start up, expand or improve […]

June ERS Reports: Opportunities & Constraints to Local and Alternative Production Systems

June 25, 2010

This June the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) published reports identifying the opportunities and constraints facing both local food supply chains and grass-fed livestock production systems. In response to the exploding demand for local foods the ERS published, “Comparing the Size, Structure and Performance of Local and Mainstream Food Supply Chains.”  The report looks at […]

Farmers Fly to Washington D.C. to Have Their Voices Heard

June 25, 2010

On June 23rd, 11 farmers from around the country flew to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard. NSAC hosted the Budget and Appropriations “Fly-In” at a critical juncture as the USDA prepares it’s budget proposals for the Fiscal Year 2012 and Congress starts work to finalize 2011 agricultural appropriations.  The farmers and NSAC staff […]

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