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Anti-CAFO Activist Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

April 20, 2010

NSAC offers heartfelt congratulations to Lynn Henning, a southern Michigan farmer who has been awarded the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize for U.S. grassroots environmental activism.  The Prize is recognition of Lynn’s unstinting work in exposing the impacts of pollution from large-scale concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), especially mega-dairies, in her southern Michigan community and across […]

Proposed Rule Defines Geographic Preference Option for Child Nutrition

April 20, 2010

In an important step forward for local purchasing by federal nutrition programs, the USDA today released a proposed rule on a geographic preference option that would allow institutions who receive federal Child Nutrition funds to give extra points to unprocessed locally grown or raised products in the procurement process. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will […]

Senators Chide Administration on “Actively Engaged”

April 16, 2010

A bi-partisan group of Senators sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday criticizing the Administration’s loose interpretation of “active personal management” in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final rule on farm program payment limitations, released on January 7, 2010. Senators Tim Johnson(D-SD), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Russ Feingold (D-WI) and John Barrasso (R-WY) […]

Senate Food Safety Bill Includes Improvements That Support Farmers

April 14, 2010

UPDATE: The food safety bill (S 510) was supposed to go to the full Senate next week, but as of Thursday, April 15, we have heard that the timing is being pushed back a week or two because the Senate will instead be debating finance reform. The Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) would provide […]

Research Grants Drilldown: Conventional Breeding and Climate Adaptation

April 13, 2010

This is the third in a series of articles drilling down into some sections of the six Request for Applications (RFAs) recently released by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for the 2010 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).  Check out the second post about Integrated Projects on Local and Regional Food Systems.    […]

Study Supports Crop Insurance Reform

April 9, 2010

A study by Milliman Inc., released by the USDA last Friday April 2, determined that the return on equity for crop insurers in the Federal Crop Insurance Program was 26.4 percent in 2009, well above the reasonable rate of return for 2009, 10.7 percent. National Crop Insurance Services responded to the study on Monday, criticizing […]

New SARE Handbook on Multifarm CSAs

April 7, 2010

This Monday, April 5, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) released a handbook on cooperative marketing for community supported agriculture farms (CSAs). The 130-page manual gives concrete details on strategies for forming and maintaining a multifarm CSA, including advice on staffing, volunteer boards, distribution, and legal topics. Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook […]

Research Grants Drilldown: Integrated projects on Sustainable Food Systems

April 6, 2010

This is the second in a series of articles drilling down into some sections of the six Request for Applications (RFAs) recently released by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for the 2010 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). Check out the first post about Small and Medium-Sized Farms and Rural Community Prosperity.  […]

Research Grants Drilldown: Small and Medium Farms and Rural Communities

April 6, 2010

This is the first in a series of articles drilling down into some sections of the six Request for Applications (RFAs) recently released by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for the 2010 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).Look out over the course of this week for more information on other opportunities in […]

USDA’s Swine Contract Library to Re-Open

April 2, 2010

On April 2, USDA’s Grain Inspection and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) issued a final rule for its Swine Contract Library, which takes effect on May 3, 2010.   The Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999 required GIPSA to establish and maintain a library of swine marketing contracts for the purchase of hogs between large hog packing […]

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