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Weekly Update – May 4-8, 2009

May 12, 2009

ACTION NEEDED Organic Initiative Funds Now Available! First Sign up Period: May 11 – May 29 In dialogue with NSAC, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) has reserved a special $50 million pool of funding for a new Organic Initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The Initiative, announced on Tuesday May 5 by […]

NRCS Organic Initiative

May 6, 2009

NRCS Organic Initiative 2009: NSAC’s Most Up-to-Date Information as of May 5, 2009 General On May 5, 2009, NRCS announced the set-aside of $50 million for its new 2009 Organic Initiative through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The program is administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and will be available in all […]

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 […]


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