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Press Release: Major Questions Remain as USDA Announces 2017 Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up

November 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik, 202-547-5754, RKovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Alyssa Charney, 202-547-5754, ACharney@sustainableagriculture.net   Major Questions Remain as USDA Announces 2017 CSP Sign-Up Washington, DC, November 4, 2016 – Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the beginning of the 2017 sign-up period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest working lands conservation program. […]

New Publications Help Farmers and Certifiers Incorporate Biodiversity Practices on the Farm

November 3, 2016

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to share the following guest post from Wild Farm Alliance (WFA), an NSAC member organization. The post highlights two publications WFA recently released to support organic farmers as they incorporate biodiversity practices into their operations. There is a direct linkage between conservation practices on the farm and National Organic Program (NOP) standards, and […]

New Organic Champions Opportunity at NRCS

November 2, 2016

Conservation is in the best interest of all farmers, however, best practices for conservation can vary significantly depending on the region, type of crops or animals raised, and nature of the farming operations. Organic and transitioning-to-organic farmers have particularly unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to on-farm conservation practices. Given the unique-nature of the […]

RFA Roundup: Deadlines for Federal Food and Farm Program Grants

October 28, 2016

The start-up of the new fiscal year (FY) means that many food and farm programs have started to get out Requests for Applications (RFAs) for their grant programs. While a flood of grant program announcements is generally good news, with so many coming out in the midst of a busy election year, it can be […]

COMMENT: NSAC Applauds Recording-Breaking CCRP Enrollment

October 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik, 202-547-5754, rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754, gfogel@sustainableagriculture.net CCRP enrolls record-breaking number of sensitive lands in FY 2016 The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) applauds the robust outreach efforts of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), thanks to which the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program’s (CCRP) fiscal year (FY) 2016 enrollment is the highest on […]

USDA Awards $46 Million for Farm Value-Added Business Development

October 27, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of three posts on the Fiscal Year 2016 awards for the Value Added Producer Grants program. This post provides an overview of the awards. A second and third post will dig deeper into specific awards. When farmers and entrepreneurs take raw agricultural products, like vegetables or […]

PRESS RELEASE: Grant Awards for Value-Added Business Development Highlight Local, Organic, and Niche Markets

October 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754, gfogel@sustainableagriculture.net Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754, fhoefner@sustainableagriculture.net Grant Awards for Value-Added Business Development Highlight Local, Organic, and Niche Markets Washington, D.C., October 27, 2016 – The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) today commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on its recently announced Value-Added Producer Grants Program (VAPG) awards. The announcement of […]

More Farmers Are Seeking Risk Management Options That Encourage Crop Diversity

October 26, 2016

In only its second year on the market, sales of Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance have nearly doubled – from 1,110 policies in 2015 to 2,143 in 2016. This is great news for a relatively new risk-management product still technically in its pilot phase. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) was a major proponent of […]

With Food Labeling Claims, the Devil’s in the Details

October 25, 2016

  Food labeling claims are a confusing mix of simple words whose meaning is anything but, and complex certifications that even some in the food industry would struggle to fully explain. Local, organic, natural, grassfed, non-GMO – figuring out what each means and which claims are actually verified is enough to give the most savvy […]

New ACEP Rule Guides Long-Term Conservation of Farmland, Grassland, and Wetlands

October 24, 2016

The pressure on farmers and rural landowners to turn wetlands and grasslands into production, or productive farm and ranchland into commercial and residential developments, has been increasing for decades. In order to combat development pressures and incentivize conservation over elimination of ecologically valuable lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers the Agriculture Conservation Easement […]

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