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Antibiotic Use Facing Growing Scrutiny by FDA, Congress

March 17, 2010

The widespread use of antibiotics in livestock production, and the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, is a topic of increasing interest among policymakers.  After delving into the topic less than a week before at the Atlantic Food Summit, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg returned to the antibiotics question again during the House Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee hearing […]

Lincoln Introduces Child Nutrition Bill for Markup

March 17, 2010

This morning, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) unveiled her “markup vehicle” for Child Nutrition Act reauthorization and scheduled Committee markup of her draft bill for next Wednesday, March 24.  The proposal is titled “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” Farm to School would receive just $25 million in the current Lincoln draft.  However, […]

Farm to School Bill Introduced in Senate

March 17, 2010

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today introduced the Growing Farm to School Programs Act (S. 3123),  a popular proposal to authorize $50 million to USDA to provide start-up funds to communities across the country linking farmers and ranchers to the school lunch program.  Senator Leahy’s bill  is designed to improve the quality of school lunches while […]

Farmers Seek Justice in the Heartland

March 17, 2010

We are thrilled to feature this blog post written by Kristina Hubbard, board member of NSAC member group, the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO).  Kiki attended the first in a series of hearings sponsored by the USDA and Department of Justice about concentration in the agriculture industry.  Kiki is the author of a recent report, […]

USDA Adds Pork to Existing Poultry Loan Rules Aimed at Preventing Contract Abuse

March 16, 2010

On Thursday, March 11, USDA announced that Farm Service Agency (FSA) farm loan policies already in place for contract poultry production will be extended to contract pork operations as well. The aim of the guidance is to try to put an end to the practice of FSA financing new hog or poultry operations in cases […]

Organic Initiative Sign-up Extended in Certain States

March 15, 2010

The cut-off date for the 2010 Organic Initiative sign-up was last Friday, March 12, in most states.  At least eight states, however, have extended the 2010 sign-up period.  These include: Colorado:  April 16, 2010 Illinois:  March 26, 2010 Louisiana:  March 26, 2010 Missouri:  March 19, 2010 Nebraska:  April 1, 2010 Nevada:  March 19, 2010 Ohio:  […]

10 Days of Sustainable Ag Advocacy: An Intern’s Perspective

March 15, 2010

by Kara Slaughter, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute “With reference to individual or national welfare, agriculture is of primary importance.”  -George Washington So reads one of the three quotations at the top of the stone edifice at the U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Part of what prompted me to quit my “real job” […]

FDA Commissioner Hamburg Fields Questions About Food Safety Fees

March 12, 2010

At a hearing on March 10, members of the House Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee had high praise for the FDA’s stepped-up food safety enforcement efforts during Commissioner Margaret Hamburg’s tenure.  Inspection efforts will undoubtedly increase even further if Congress moves forward with pending food safety legislation.   Hamburg thanked the House members for their passage of food […]

Individual Development Accounts to support Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

March 12, 2010

Last week’s Drake Forum on America’s New Farmers addressed a myriad of opportunities and challenges that face the new generation of farmers and ranchers: big, small, and mid-sized, urban and rural, all across the country.  In particular, access to land, access to capital, new market development, and education and training, particularly financial education, surfaced again […]

Perspectives on Policy from a Beginning Farmer

March 12, 2010

We are excited to have Sarah Brown, beginning farmer at Diggin’ Roots Farm in Milwaukee, Oregon write a reflection on her experience at NSAC’s beginning farmer fly-in and Drake University’s Forum last week. If you, like Sarah, have suggestions for federal policies to support beginning farmers and ranchers, please email them to us at beginningfarmer(at)sustainableagriculture.net. […]

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