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USDA Listening Sessions Offer Opportunities for Stakeholder Engagement in Farm Bill Implementation

March 1, 2019

In an effort to engage farmers and other stakeholders in the implementation process for the 2018 Farm Bill, this week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched the first of many formal listening sessions to gather public input.  On Tuesday, USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area held a formal listening session at the […]

Congressional Hearings Kick Off Farm Bill Implementation Phase

March 1, 2019

This week, Congress started a new chapter in the 2018 Farm Bill process: oversight of the Department’s implementation efforts. The passage and signing of the new farm bill at the end of last year marked the conclusion of the bill’s “authorization phase,” and now that the fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations bill is finally in […]

Sustainable Agriculture Priorities in the FY 2019 Appropriations Bill

February 21, 2019

Last week, the House and Senate were finally able to agree on and finalize spending levels for the seven remaining appropriations bills not yet signed into law – including funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The final appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2019 passed by […]

A Closer Look at the 2018 Farm Bill: Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach Program

February 19, 2019

Editor’s Note: This is the final post in a multi-part blog series digging deeper into some of the new programs and policies of the 2018 Farm Bill. These posts detail how the new farm bill is likely to impact core sustainable agriculture programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Previous posts focused on: working lands conservation, local and regional food systems, and nutrition incentive and anti-hunger programs. […]

RELEASE: Long-awaited Wins for Sustainable Agriculture Finally Delivered in FY 2019 Appropriations Bill

February 14, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Reana Kovalcik National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 202-547-5754, rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net   Long-awaited Wins for Sustainable Agriculture Finally Delivered in FY 2019 Appropriations Bill  “Minibus” increases funding for core sustainable agriculture programs, rejects Administration’s planned relocation of USDA research agencies  Washington, DC, February 14, 2019  – After months of suffering through the longest government shutdown in history, America’s family farmers and ranchers are finally seeing movement on […]

Climate Action Heats up in Congress – What Does it Mean for Agriculture?

February 14, 2019

Now in their second month on the job, the 116th Congress is increasingly focusing their attention on the very real effects of climate change – as well as the need to develop and advance policy solutions to address pressing climate-related threats. Farmers, ranchers, and rural communities have endured increasingly frequent and devastating natural disasters, and […]

Congress Reintroduces Bill to Keep Research Agencies in Nation’s Capital

February 14, 2019

Amidst ongoing budget negotiations to prevent another government shutdown, Members of Congress followed through with their commitment to continue to stand up against the proposed move of two premier research institutions from the Capital region.  This week, Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), and 12 other members of Congress reintroduced the Agriculture Research Integrity […]

NSAC Members Convene to Set 2019 Priorities

February 8, 2019

Last week, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)’s annual winter meeting convened over 80 coalition members from all across the country to discuss food and agriculture policy in the nation’s capital. At the four-day convening, participants selected and made plans around NSAC coalition priorities, including implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, which was signed into […]

Breaking Barriers: Food System Diversity Begins with Farmer Diversity

January 28, 2019

Editor’s Note: This article was written by NSAC Policy Specialist Nichelle  Harriott for the DC EcoWomen blog (Nichelle  is also a member of DC EcoWomen). The original post was published on January 19, 2019 and can be found here. I remember a time, growing up in a small rural community in the Caribbean, where my grandfather would disappear into the backyard on Sunday for about an hour and return with a chicken– dead and defeathered– for […]

A Closer Look at the 2018 Farm Bill: Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program

January 24, 2019

Editor’s Note: This is the third post in a multi-part blog series digging deeper into some of the programs and policies of the 2018 Farm Bill. These posts will detail how the new farm bill is likely to impact core sustainable agriculture programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Previous posts focused on: working lands conservation and local/regional food programs. Our final post of […]

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