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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 […]

Weekly Update – April 20-24, 2009

April 27, 2009

ACTION NEEDED   SARE Sign On Letter – Deadline NOON Friday, May 1:  The NSAC Appropriations Campaign is pushing hard for a substantial increase in funding for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) for fiscal year 2010.  We’re asking for a $30 million appropriation, up from the current $19 million.  We all know […]

Weekly Update April 13-17, 2009

April 20, 2009

April 13-17, 2009   Photo: Jamie Collins is the operator of Serendipity Farms, a 45 acre certified organic farm in Monterey, CA. She grows over 50 different varieties of vegetables, herbs and berries sold through farmers markets, community supported agriculture programs, local restaurants and markets, and wholesale markets. Jamie advocates for small, organic and beginning farmers […]

EQIP Comments Due Soon!

April 16, 2009

Environmental Quality Incentives Program Comments Due Friday! Don’t miss this opportunity to tell USDA how to make EQIP work better for sustainable and organic family farmers! Public Comments Due this Friday, April 17, 2009 If we are going to make the most of our 2008 Farm Bill wins under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), USDA […]

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 — […]

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