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NRCS Funding Available for Great Lakes Conservation

April 30, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency has provided USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with $34 million to provide additional FY2010 funding to Farm Bill conservation programs in selected watersheds of the eight Great Lake states.  The funding is provided under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,  a collaboration of federal agencies, state and local governments, tribes, businesses, […]

USDA Rural Energy Grant and Loan Applications Open

April 29, 2010

USDA’s Rural Development Agency has announced that it is taking applications for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants and guaranteed loans.  A total of $87 million is available in FY2010 for projects to develop and/or construct renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. Applications for REAP grants and guaranteed loans must be received by […]

NRCS Funding for Farm Energy Audits and Plans

April 29, 2010

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced an initiative to use $2 million in FY2010 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding to help farmers and ranchers conserve energy and reduce energy costs. Farmers and ranchers may apply for the funding in the following 29 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, […]

Farm Bill 2012: Additional Field Hearings Scheduled

April 29, 2010

Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) described last Wednesday’s House Agriculture Committee Hearing on the Farm Bill as “two-and-a-half hours to kick off two-and-a-half years.” The hearing was the first of Committee Chairman Collin Peterson’s (D-MN) meetings to get a head start on planning for the next Farm Bill, scheduled for completion in 2012. Over the past […]

New NSAC Guide to USDA funding for Food Systems

April 28, 2010

This week, NSAC is launching a new tool to help producers, community-based organizations, local governments, and other groups who are engaged in work to develop their local or regional food system. The Guide to USDA Funding for Local and Regional Food Systems seeks to de-mystify some of the federal grant programs most likely to be […]

Groups Urge Ag Funding Fairness

April 26, 2010

More than 100 national, regional, state and local groups have signed on to a letter urging President Obama to pay for proposed increases in child nutrition and to settle long standing claims stemming from  systemic discrimination in USDA programs without cutting critical conservation programs. The letter circulated by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Rural […]

Hungry for a Better School Lunch?

April 26, 2010

ACTION ALERT! You Can Help Put Local, Fresh and Healthy Food on School Lunch Trays Call Your Senators and Representative Today!! For many of America’s children, school lunch is the most important meal of their day— making up a third of their daily nutritional intake. As rates of childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes skyrocket, […]

And We’re Off: Farm Bill 2012

April 23, 2010

Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) described Wednesday’s House Agriculture Committee Hearing on the Farm Bill as “two-and-a-half hours to kick off two-and-a-half years.” The hearing was the first of Committee Chairman Collin Peterson’s (D-MN) meetings to get a head start on planning for the next Farm Bill, scheduled for completion in 2012. Over the past […]

Conservation Stewardship Program Update

April 23, 2010

This post provides some basic updates on the status of the nearly completed 2009 sign-up as well as the upcoming 2010 version of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). 2009 Sign-up Nearing Completion Despite sign-up coming late in the year and being rushed, some 21,000 farmers and ranchers applied to enroll 33 million acres in the […]

Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative Applications Open

April 23, 2010

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is taking applications for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) until May 27, 2010.  The full Request for Proposals can be found here. The CCPI allows NRCS to partner with eligible organizations to provide financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.  […]

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