Beginning and Minority Farmers


Beginning Farmer Training Grants Now Available!

January 12, 2015

The USDA announced the availability of nearly $19 million to support new farmer training programs.

Farm Bill Changes to Farm Loan Programs Go Final

December 31, 2014

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has posted a final rule codifying a variety of changes to the farm loan programs as directed by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Several of the rule changes were championed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Tim Walz (D-MN), the lead congressional sponsors […]

Top 14 of 2014: A Look at This Year’s Key Victories for Sustainable Food and Farming

December 22, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we thought we would take a moment to recognize and celebrate this year’s victories for sustainable food and farming. Among the successes? From new or restored farm bill programs that are up and running, important progress on our campaign priorities, hill visits and hearings, and the release of our […]

Farm Microloans Big in 2014

December 18, 2014

Finding a way to finance a new farming operation before money starts coming in at the end of the growing season is a challenge that all new farmers face. And while some farmers are able to save enough before they start farming, there are always inevitable start-up and annual operating expenses – like seeds, inputs, […]

Improved Insurance Option Available for Underserved Crops and Farms

December 15, 2014

On December 12, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced an interim final rule implementing the changes to the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) made by the 2014 Farm bill. The release of the interim rule means the changes go into effect immediately, but public comments will be accepted on the rule through February 23, […]

Much Needed Funding Will Support Outreach to Minority and Veteran Farmers

December 4, 2014

Farming is a risky business and has become increasingly difficult to enter over the past few decades. However, for the growing number of racially and culturally diverse or veteran farmers and ranchers in this country, starting and managing a successful farming operation is fraught with even greater challenges. That’s why NSAC is especially excited about […]

New USDA Assistance for Farmer Veterans

November 18, 2014

More and more military veterans are trading in their combat boots for cowboy boots and transitioning into a career in agriculture.  Many of the men and women who have served our country come from rural or agricultural backgrounds, and are either interested in returning to the family farm or pursuing farming as a therapeutic career that […]

New Guide Available on Matched Savings Accounts for Beginning Farmers

October 28, 2014

When Congress returns next month, they will debate whether to provide first time funding for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Individual Development Account program

NSAC member organizations receive Rural Business Enterprise Grants from USDA

October 23, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 50 new Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) for the 2014 fiscal year, including awards for two NSAC member organizations. Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and National Hmong American Farmers (NHAF) each received RBEG awards from USDA’s Rural Development agency.  The announcement follows an earlier […]

Congress Extends 2014 Funding Levels through December 11

September 19, 2014

On Thursday, September 18, the Senate passed a short-term funding extension, known as a “continuing resolution” (CR), to fund the federal government through December 11.  The CR extends fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding levels as well as policy provisions known as appropriations “riders.”  The House passed this temporary funding measure earlier this week, and the […]

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