Beginning and Minority Farmers


37 Programs Will Lose Baseline Funding in 2012 Farm Bill

October 7, 2010

On September 29, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a new report, “Previewing the Next Farm Bill: Unfunded and Early-Expiring Provisions,” which details the 37 programs that will no longer have baseline funding in the next farm bill cycle. Together, these programs account for $9-10 billion dollars (depending on estimation approach), or 4% of the […]

USDA Announces Rural Cooperative Development Grant Recipients

October 5, 2010

USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager today announced $8.3 million in grants through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program to help rural cooperatives expand economic activity in their communities. Grantees included NSAC member organization Farm to Table, Inc., of Santa Fe, NM, which received a grant for a project to improve economic […]

Congress Extends FY2010 Spending Levels through December 3

September 30, 2010

Just before midnight this morning, Congress passed a continuing resolution to extend this year’s federal spending levels into fiscal year 2011.  The Senate approved the continuing resolution yesterday evening before sending it to the House for a final vote.  The House sent the bill to the President early this morning. The continuing resolution will fund […]

Update: Pigford Settlement Letter Sent to Senate

September 28, 2010

On Monday, September 27, the Network of Black Farm Groups and Advocates delivered a letter to all Senators urging “immediate action” regarding the passage of a measure providing funding for the settlement of Pigford vs. Vilsack, a class-action lawsuit filed by Black farmers against USDA more than a decade ago. The current measure, which has […]

FSA Proposes Expansion of Beginning Farmer and Rancher Land Contract Program

September 24, 2010

On Thursday, September 23, USDA’s Farm Services Agency (FSA) issued a proposed rule to implement the Land Contract Sales Program pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.  The proposal makes permanent the Beginning Farmer and Rancher (BFR) Land Contract Guarantee Pilot Program from the 2002 Farm Bill.  As required by the new Farm Bill, the new […]

Congress Set to Pass Continuing Resolution on Final Day of FY2010

September 24, 2010

Congress is likely to wait until the last day of the fiscal year to pass a continuing resolution extending this year’s federal spending levels into Fiscal Year 2011.  The current 2010 fiscal year ends on Thursday, September 30.  The House will not be in voting session again until Wednesday so will not be in a […]

Legislative Update and Action

September 17, 2010

One week down, three weeks maximum left to go before the congressional recess prior to the November elections.  The Senate this week passed the small business tax cut bill and draft bills and trial balloons are circulating on the big tax cut extension bill, but on the four bills left on the NSAC agenda – […]

Congress Back for Three Weeks – Time (Barely) for Action

September 10, 2010

Summer recess has come to a close and Congress returns to Washington next week, with three weeks and less than 12 actual legislative days before the start of the new federal fiscal year on October 1. With a packed agenda – including a small business tax bill, extensions of some or all of the 2001 […]

FSA Issues Conservation Loan Rule

September 3, 2010

On Thursday, September 2, USDA announced the launch of the Conservation Loan program established by the 2008 Farm Bill.  Though Congress appropriated money for the loan program in fiscal year 2010, enough to fund $150 million worth of loans, the program has been stymied waiting on the rulemaking. The new interim final rule appears in […]

Legislative Roundup: Farm Credit Funding Passes, Other Food and Farm Legislation Could Move

July 28, 2010

[Friday July 30 update to story below — A measure to fund the Pigford II class action settlement between USDA and black farmers is now expected to come to the Senate floor early next week as a stand alone measure.  The Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) is now not expected to be taken up […]

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