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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 — […]

Weekly Update – March 20, 2009

March 23, 2009

ACTION NEEDED 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 those who […]

Obamas Dig Up the White House Lawn, Time Now to Plant and Harvest Some Real Policy Change

March 20, 2009

Written by Ariane Lotti, NSAC Policy Associate As advocates we often ask ourselves, “Do our efforts change things on the ground?” Leaders and participants of a strong grassroots effort to change the ground on the White House lawn can now say, “Yes!” Our hats go off to the folks at Eat the View, the WHO […]

Weekly Update – March 13, 2009

March 14, 2009

Photo: At this year’s Organic Conference in LaCrosse, WI, Tom Frantzen and his wife Irene were named MOSES 2009 Organic Farmers of the Year.  The Frantzens manage a diversified farm in New Hampton, Iowa where they grow crops for animal feed on 300 tillable acres, and sell soybeans as a cash crop.  Their farrow-to-finish hog […]

Get Ready to Partner! NRCS Issues CCPI Request for Applications

March 10, 2009

Posted by Martha Noble, NSAC’s Senior Policy Analyst On Tuesday, March 10, the Natural Resources Conservation Service,(NRCS) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), one of NSAC’s priority issues from the 2008 Farm Bill. The RFA is posted here. The Initiative provides farmers and ranchers with project-based conservation program […]

Weekly Update – March 6, 2009

March 7, 2009

ACTION NEEDED! The EQIP Comment Deadline Fast Approaching: You have until March 16th to tell USDA how to make EQIP work better for sustainable and organic farmers.  As the Bush Administration left office, they issued an interim final rule to implement the 2008 Farm Bill changes to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  The interim […]

Weekly Update – February 27 2009

March 2, 2009

ACTION NEEDED! Tell USDA to Make EQIP Work for Sustainable and Organic Farmers: As the Bush Administration left office, they issued an interim final rule to implement the 2008 Farm Bill changes to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  The interim rule has very substantial problems that need to be fixed, and the public comment […]

Weekly Update – February 20, 2009

February 21, 2009

THIS WEEK Bush Payment Limit Rules to Stay in Place for 2009: On Monday, February 16, USDA Secretary Vilsack stated his intention to review the farm commodity payment limitation interim regulations he inherited from the Bush Administration but to leave those rules in place for the 2009 crop year.  He made no promises, though, that […]

Weekly Update – February 13, 2009

February 13, 2009

THIS WEEK Economic Recovery Bill About to Become Law – Scorecard on Our Issues:  The House approved on a party-line vote the conference report for the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus bill Friday afternoon, with the Senate following Friday evening.  Early Friday morning the conference report became public and we quickly assessed our wins and […]

Weekly Update February 6, 2009

February 7, 2009

THIS WEEK Senate Continues Economic Recovery Bill Debate:  As we go to press, the Senate is still debating the economic recovery or stimulus bill.  Many major amendments to the bill have been and will be debated, none of which are getting more attention than the efforts of a handful of conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans […]


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