Beginning and Minority Farmers


Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Holds Hearing on Healthy Food Initiatives, Local Production, and Nutrition

March 7, 2012

In its “Path to the 2012 Farm Bill” series, NSAC gets into the details of the 2012 Farm Bill debate. On Wednesday, March 7, the Senate Agriculture Committee held the third of four hearings for the 2012 Farm Bill. Hearings are an important part in the farm bill process because they bring attention to critical […]

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food: USDA Releases Report and Compass

March 1, 2012

On Wednesday, February 29 USDA released its Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) report and introduced the Compass, an expansive new resource for the KYF2 initiative.  The initiative was launched in 2009 to enhance coordination and efficiency among the various USDA agencies and programs that work to build local and regional farm and food […]

Federal Investments in Local Food Boost Economic Growth — USDA Releases Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Report and Compass

February 29, 2012

For Immediate Release February 29, 2012 Contact: Helen Dombalis, 202-547-5754 Washington, DC, February 29, 2012 – Today USDA released a comprehensive report on its Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, launched in 2009 to enhance coordination among federal programs that in various ways help to build local and regional farm and food systems. “This […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Agriculture Committee Highlights Conservation Programs

February 28, 2012

In its “Path to the 2012 Farm Bill” series, NSAC gets into the details of the 2012 Farm Bill debate. On Tuesday, February 28, the Senate Agriculture Committee held its second Farm Bill hearing of the year.  The hearing, entitled “Strengthening Conservation through the 2012 Farm Bill,” brought together three farmers, representatives from three national […]

USDA Announces Website to Support Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

February 17, 2012

Yesterday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the launch of an online tool to support beginning farmers and ranchers.  Start2Farm.gov, a collaboration between USDA’s National Library and the American Farm Bureau Federation, provides information on funding, training, networking, and legal and technical assistance.  The site also chronicles beginning farmer and rancher success stories. Congress has defined […]

Addressing Equity and Fairness in the 2012 Farm Bill

February 17, 2012

On February 1st and 2nd, NSAC was one of 30 farm, food security, and environmental groups that participated in a two day summit held in Washington, D.C. to exchange policy ideas about the farm bill.  The primary goal of the summit was to identify specific areas of collaboration to move forward collectively in the 2012 Farm […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Kicks Off Hearings

February 15, 2012

In its “Path to the 2012 Farm Bill” series, NSAC gets into the details of the 2012 Farm Bill debate. On Wednesday, February 15, the Senate Agriculture Committee held its first in a series of four hearings for the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill.  Hearings are an important part in the farm bill process because they […]

Obama’s FY 2013 USDA Budget Request

February 14, 2012

On Monday, February 13, President Obama submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013.  For sustainable agriculture interests, the budget proposal is a mixed bag, with big cuts to working lands conservation programs, and both cuts and increases to discretionary spending accounts for sustainable agriculture programs. As far as the upcoming 2012 […]

Office of Advocacy and Outreach Launches New Website!

January 27, 2012

This week, USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach launched their website located at www.outreach.usda.gov. The Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) was established in the 2008 Farm Bill in order to increase access to USDA programs and to improve the viability and profitability of small farms and ranches, beginning farmers and ranchers, and socially disadvantaged farmers […]

Women and Latino Farmers Now Eligible for Larger Discrimination Claims

January 27, 2012

On January 25th, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Obama Administration has increased the maximum cash recovery for claims from Latino and female farmers and ranchers discriminated against when seeking USDA loans.  Now, Latino and female farmers claiming discrimination in the USDA loan process between 1981 and 2000 are eligible to receive up to $250,000, […]

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