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Weekly Update – April 6-10, 2009

April 13, 2009

ACTION NEEDED Environmental Quality Incentives Program Comments due Soon! If we are going to make the most of our 2008 Farm Bill wins under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), USDA needs to hear from YOU! We won a new program within EQIP to help farmers make the difficult transition to organic production.  We reduced […]

Farm Foundation on Food Safety

April 8, 2009

Written by Mark Hertel, NSAC Policy Intern On Tuesday, April 7, the Farm Foundation held a forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on “The Future of Food Safety Regulation.” Jim Hodges, the American Meat Institute’s Executive Vice President for Food Safety and Inspection Services, argued that the food safety system for meat […]

Weekly Update – March 30-April 3, 2009

April 6, 2009

ACTION NEEDED   Reminder: Visit Your Representative and Senators Over Recess! As the cherry and magnolia blossoms linger a few more days on the trees around D.C., members of Congress are heading home for a two-week Easter recess.  This is an excellent time for sustainable agriculture advocates to attend listening sessions and town-hall style meetings […]

Democracy Delivery: Four Tips when Attending Your Congressional Representative’s Town Hall Meetings this Spring

April 3, 2009

Written by Lisa Kivirist, owner of Inn Serendipity in Wisconsin and Food and Society Policy Fellow   As Congress heads into their annual spring break, hopefully most of our elected officials won’t be using the time to escape reality for some umbrella drinks on the beach. Many will use this time wisely to get back […]

Weekly Update – March 27, 2009

March 30, 2009

>ACTION ALERT REMINDER   Act Now to Shut Down Multimillion Dollar Farm Subsidy Loophole! The 2008 Farm Bill handed President Obama and USDA Secretary Vilsack a rare opportunity to close one of the biggest payment limit loopholes in current regulations. The nation’s largest farms collect unlimited annual production subsidies under rules that permit payments to […]

Three Senate Democrats flip-flop, leaving farm subsidy reform out of the budget

March 26, 2009

Written by Ferd Hoefner, NSAC Policy Director Three Senators reversed their previous positions in support of farm program subsidy reform, providing the deciding votes to defeat a subsidy reform amendment offered in Senate Budget Committee by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and backed by President Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Last year, all three — […]

Weekly Update – March 20, 2009

March 23, 2009

ACTION NEEDED Act Now to Shut Down Multimillion Dollar Farm Subsidy Loophole! The 2008 Farm Bill handed President Obama and USDA Secretary Vilsack a rare opportunity to close one of the biggest payment limit loopholes in current regulations. The nation’s largest farms collect unlimited annual production subsidies under rules that permit payments to those who […]

Obamas Dig Up the White House Lawn, Time Now to Plant and Harvest Some Real Policy Change

March 20, 2009

Written by Ariane Lotti, NSAC Policy Associate As advocates we often ask ourselves, “Do our efforts change things on the ground?” Leaders and participants of a strong grassroots effort to change the ground on the White House lawn can now say, “Yes!” Our hats go off to the folks at Eat the View, the WHO […]

Weekly Update – March 13, 2009

March 14, 2009

Photo: At this year’s Organic Conference in LaCrosse, WI, Tom Frantzen and his wife Irene were named MOSES 2009 Organic Farmers of the Year.  The Frantzens manage a diversified farm in New Hampton, Iowa where they grow crops for animal feed on 300 tillable acres, and sell soybeans as a cash crop.  Their farrow-to-finish hog […]

Get Ready to Partner! NRCS Issues CCPI Request for Applications

March 10, 2009

Posted by Martha Noble, NSAC’s Senior Policy Analyst On Tuesday, March 10, the Natural Resources Conservation Service,(NRCS) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), one of NSAC’s priority issues from the 2008 Farm Bill. The RFA is posted here. The Initiative provides farmers and ranchers with project-based conservation program […]

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