Beginning and Minority Farmers


Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Examines Commodity Programs

March 15, 2012

On March 15, the Senate Agriculture Committee  held its final hearing in preparation for writing the 2012 Farm Bill.  The hearing addressed risk management and commodity programs, and included testimony from farmers, crop insurance agents, commodity and farm groups, including: Michael Scuse, USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (Washington DC) Hope Hills, blueberry grower (Michigan) […]

FSA Increases Flexibility for Loans to Beginning Farmers

March 9, 2012

Earlier this month, FSA announced several revisions to its program handbook to increase flexibility and broaden the scope of “farm management experience” a borrower is required to have before being eligible for a federal loan.  This experience requirement is in place in order to assure that an applicant has sufficient managerial ability that will convey […]

Beginning Farmers Tell Their Stories at Hill Briefing

March 9, 2012

This week, four beginning farmers and ranchers came to Washington, D.C. to participate in a congressional briefing on the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act (S.1850, H.R.3236).  The briefing was hosted in the House by Reps. Tim Walz (D-MN-1) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1), and in the Senate by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). The farmers came […]

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 […]

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