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Obama’s USDA Transition Team Announced

November 21, 2008

USDA Transition Team Announced: Early this week the headquarters of President-elect Obama’s Transition Team announced the members of the Agriculture Transition Team: Agriculture Transition Team Co-chairs: Carole Jett – most recently served as deputy chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at USDA where she also served as the agency’s Farm Bill Coordinator. Jett […]

Weekly Update – November 14, 2008

November 17, 2008

URGENT ACTION NEEDED Tell Congress to Support Emergency Funding for WIC, Rural Development, and Farm Credit in the Stimulus Bill! On Monday, November 17, the lame duck session of Congress will convene. During the short window of time they have left in Washington D.C., Members of Congress may take up a new economic stimulus bill. […]

“Notes from the Field” – Conservation Stewardship Program Field Day in Wisconsin

November 10, 2008

This is the first in a series of posts “Notes from the Field” written by staff of SAC member organizations or farmers about how the federal sustainable agriculture programs that SAC fights for and wins make a difference on the ground. This past August, Katie Wied received a M.A. in Sustainable Development with an emphasis […]

Weekly Update – November 7, 2008

November 7, 2008

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Presidential Transition Team Project: The Presidential Elections are over! Now is the time to prepare for the Obama Administration so that our key agricultural issues are considered and acted upon in the first term. SAC is taking the lead in putting together a briefing book with a set of recommendations and key policy […]

Transition Team Project: Transforming Rural Development in the Obama Administration

November 6, 2008

The following is the first in a series of posts about potential policy recommendations for the Obama Administration to act upon during its first year. These policy recommendation ideas are born out of SAC members’ extensive on-the-ground experience with what is and is not working in American agriculture and federal farm policy. In December SAC […]

Election Results – What it Means for Agriculture Committees

November 5, 2008

With the elections now over, we’re turning our attention to recommendations for the new Administration. Over the next several weeks we’ll feature some of the ideas that are percolating within SAC’s membership about recommendations—part of SAC’s Presidential Transition Team Project. Before we kick that off, however, here’s a quick analysis of the impact of election […]

Weekly Update – October 31, 2008

November 1, 2008

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Presidential Transition Team Project:  The Presidential Elections are right around the corner!  As people get ready to cast their votes, this is an important time to prepare for the next Administration so that our key agricultural issues are considered and acted upon in the first term. SAC is taking the lead in putting […]

The Accidental Activist

October 30, 2008

Lisa Kivirist shares her personal first-time experience helping support new Farm Bill programs through providing input at the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) CSREES Public Meeting to Solicit Stakeholder Input in Washington DC on October 27, 2008. She and her family raise a diversified, organically-raised mix of fruits and vegetables on their Wisconsin […]

Weekly Update – October 25, 20008

October 25, 2008

THIS WEEK Justice Department Files Anti-Trust Lawsuit against JBS: On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under the Clayton Antitrust Act to block JBS — a Brazilian firm which is the world’s largest beef packer — from acquiring the National Beef Packing Company. Attorneys General from 13 states (CO, IA, KS, […]

Weekly Update – October 20, 2008

October 20, 2008

THIS WEEK Sodsaver Letters Delivered to Prairie State Governors: The 2008 Farm Bill provides the opportunity for the Governors of five states with native prairie — IA, MN, MT, ND and SD — to opt into a Sodsaver provision. If the Governor opts into Sodsaver, grassland in the state without a prior cropping history will […]

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