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Beginning Farmer Project Grants Program Open for Proposals

February 10, 2010

USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has issued the 2010 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).  A priority program of NSAC, the BFRDP funds education, training and technical assistance projects that help new farmers get started in agriculture. For 2010, $18.2 million is available.  Grants are […]

Let’s Move to Beat Childhood Obesity

February 9, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama today unveiled Let’s Move, her comprehensive approach to eliminating childhood obesity in this generation. The morning began with President Obama establishing the Task Force on Childhood Obesity, a group of government agency representatives tasked with implementing an action plan to improve child nutrition and increase physical activity. At noon, Tiki Barber […]

Farm and Conservation Groups Oppose Obama’s Proposed Farm Bill Cuts

February 5, 2010

In a February 5 letter to the House and Senate Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittees, farm, conservation and environmental groups urged Congress to reject President Obama’s proposed $1 billion-plus cut to mandatory farm conservation program funding.  The letter, coordinated by NSAC, was signed by 37 organizations including Audubon, Clean Water Network, Environmental Defense Fund, Izaak Walton League […]

2011 Budget Drilldown: Organic Programs

February 5, 2010

This post is the seventh in a series of commentaries by NSAC staff on the President’s 2011 budget, released on February 1st. To read the overview by Executive Director Aimee Witteman click here. Look out in the following days for the final budget analysis on conservation programs. The President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2011 […]

2011 Budget Drilldown: Regional Innovation Initiative

February 4, 2010

This post is the sixth in a series of commentaries by NSAC staff on the President’s 2011 budget, released on February 1st. Read the overview by Executive Director Aimee Witteman. Look out in the following days for the final budget analyses on conservation and organic programs. USDA’s 2011 Budget request includes a new Regional Innovation […]

2011 Budget Drill Down: Healthy Food Financing Initiative

February 4, 2010

This post is the fifth in a series of commentaries by NSAC staff on the President’s 2011 budget, released on February 1st. Read the overview by Executive Director Aimee Witteman. Look out in the following days for more budget analysis on organic programs, conservation, rural programs and more. The Administration’s 2011 Budget request includes a […]

USDA Releases Organic Production Survey Results

February 4, 2010

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released the first-ever in-depth survey of U.S. organic agriculture.  A follow-on to the 2007 Census of Agriculture and funded through the Organic Production and Market Data Initiatives in the 2008 Farm Bill, the survey collected 2008 data from USDA-certified organic farmers, farmers transitioning to organic production, and farmers […]

Community Food Enterprise gets a boost

February 4, 2010

By Jess Daniel April Harrington of the Oklahoma Food Coop laughs and throws her hands in the air as she describes her organization’s phenomenal growth since its founding in November 2003. Some of the speakers on the domestic Community Food Enterprise Panel. From left to right: April Harrington of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, Amy Emberling […]

Call your State Dept of Ag to learn about Specialty Crop Block Grants

February 3, 2010

In 2007, part of Washington State’s block grant went to fund an initiative led by the Organic Seed Alliance to start a producer-led organic seed cooperative in Washington State. Today’s Federal Register included a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG). These funds go out to state Departments of Agriculture for […]

2011 Budget Drill Down: Sustainable Ag Research

February 3, 2010

This post is the fourth in a series of commentaries by NSAC staff on the President’s 2011 budget, released on February 1st. Read the overview by Executive Director Aimee Witteman. Look out in the following days for more budget analysis on research programs, conservation, rural programs and more. The President’s Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request […]

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