Beginning and Minority Farmers

Farmer Backlog for Federal Credit Addressed but Serious Gap Remains

August 28, 2011

On July 28, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) transferred unneeded Guaranteed Farm Operating Loan (GOL) funds to two credit programs with higher demand – Direct Farm Operating Loans (DOL) and Guaranteed Farm Ownership (GFO) loans.  FSA has general authority to transfer a portion of appropriated funds from one loan program to another to bring spending […]

USDA Announces $3.2 Million in 2011 Rural Business Enterprise Grants

August 19, 2011

On Thursday, August 18, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of $3.2 million in grants to a variety of investments in rural and Tribal community development across the nation.   A total of 32 projects in 15 states will receive funding. These grants are awarded annually by USDA’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program, […]

Conservation Stewardship Program Update – Part III

August 4, 2011

Note:  This is the third and final blog post summarizing initial data we are receiving from USDA National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) on the Conservation Stewardship Program.  You can read the first blog post in this series here and the second blog post here. This blog post highlights participation of specialty crop producers and beginning, […]

House Holds Hearing on USDA Research Programs

July 29, 2011

On Thursday, July 28, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture held an audit hearing on federal research programs administered by USDA.  This was the ninth hearing on farm bill programs the Committee has held this year. The Committee heard testimony from top administrators of four agencies that make […]

Financing Measure Could Boost Farm Production in Food Deserts

July 22, 2011

Guest Post We welcome farm and food consultants Bob Heuer and Patty Cantrell to our page today on a very timely issue.  To take action, please see NSAC’s action alert on the proposed Farm Credit System rule and its potential impact on the availability of local foods.  Public comments are due Monday. By Bob Heuer […]

Choices Magazine edition highlights Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

July 20, 2011

Choices Magazine, a publication of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, released a themed edition focused on beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States.  Choices Magazine is a a free online quarterly peer-reviewed journal that covers agriculture, the food industry, natural resources, rural communities and environmental issues. The Innovations to Support Beginning Farmer and […]

House Holds Farm Credit Hearing

July 15, 2011

On Thursday, July 14, the House Subcommittee on Agriculture Department Operations, Oversight and Credit held an audit hearing to discuss farm loan programs, hearing witness testimony from FSA Administrator Bruce Nelson and Assistant Deputy Administrator Jim Radintz.  The hearing was relatively short, ending abruptly when members were notified of an imminent floor vote. Leading the […]

Pigford II Settlement Update

July 13, 2011

In November 2010, Congress authorized nearly $4.6 billion to fund the settlements in two class-action discrimination lawsuits on behalf of African-American farmers unfairly denied farm credit and Native American tribes  whose trust accounts were mismanaged by the Department of Interior. On July 13, 2011, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives issued an excellent press release summarizing […]

Rural Coalition’s National Rural Gathering

July 12, 2011

From June 22 through 26, Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural held its National Rural Gathering: Water, Land, Energy, and Food in Shawnee and Wewoka, Oklahoma.   Located in the heart of the Seminole Nation, better supporting socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers was the major focus of the gathering.  NSAC works with the Rural Coalition to advocate for […]

Oklahoma’s Sustainable Agriculture

July 12, 2011

Last month, NSAC Policy Associate Helen Dombalis traveled to Oklahoma where she explored the state’s many sustainable agriculture endeavors. Policy Advocacy and Research: GIPSA, Conservation, and Beyond – Yukon and Oklahoma City Helen was joined by sustainable agriculture advocate and farmer Kathy Moore of Anichini-Moore Ranch & Farm and co-founder of the Oklahoma Composting Council.  […]

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