Beginning and Minority Farmers


Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program – 2010 Outcomes Report

June 15, 2011

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) released its 2010 Outcomes Report this week.  The report highlights the 29 projects that were funding in FY 2009 that helped to train, educate and provide outreach and technical assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. The […]

Request for Applications for Risk Management Education and Outreach Partnerships Program

June 14, 2011

On Tuesday, June 14, USDA’s Risk Management Agency released its Request for Applications (RFA) for the Risk Management Education and Outreach Partnerships Program.  Approximately $3.5 million in funds is available for the program.  Projects will be funded for up to one year, and will range from $20,000 to $100,000 per project. This Request for Applications […]

House Takes Up Agriculture Appropriations Next Week

June 10, 2011

The House of Representatives is scheduled to debate and vote on the agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012 on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14 and 15.  The measure will be in front of the House Rules Committee on Monday afternoon. At the Rules Committee, House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member […]

Farm Credit Agency Highlights Farmer Diversity

June 10, 2011

On May 25, the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) issued a proposed change to regulations for Farm Credit Systems that would require institutions to include an emphasis on diversity as part of their business plan.  The pool of farmers, FCA notes, is becoming not only more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, but includes […]

Proposed FY2012 Food and Agriculture Cuts One Step Closer to Becoming Law

June 1, 2011

On Tuesday, May 31, the full House Appropriations Committee passed its fiscal year (FY) 2012 agriculture appropriations bill, which was first passed by the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee last week. If it were to become law, this bill would make truly massive cuts to conservation, extension, research, renewable energy, and rural development programs. A number […]

Sen. Stabenow Holds First 2012 Farm Bill Hearing

May 27, 2011

On Thursday, May 26, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed members of the Senate Agriculture Committee at the Committee’s first hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill. A second panel of witnesses followed, comprised of former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, Michigan farmer and United Soybean Board founding director Barry Mumby, Dr. Andrew Rosenberg of Conservation International, […]

House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Passes FY2012 Funding Bill

May 24, 2011

On Tuesday, March 24, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies passed by voice vote its fiscal year (FY) 2012 agriculture appropriations bill, which would cut USDA and FDA discretionary programs by 13.4 percent on top of a similar amount in the FY 2011 bill completed last month.  […]

House FY2012 Appropriations Bill Would Slash Conservation, Rural Development, and Research Programs

May 24, 2011

On Monday, May 23, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies released a draft of its fiscal year (FY) 2012 agriculture appropriations bill.  The Subcommittee will debate, potentially amend, and almost certainly pass the bill on Tuesday during an afternoon markup. Before the bill can become law, […]

Merrigan Keynotes Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Foods Gathering

May 20, 2011

Introduced by Congressman Sam Farr (D-17th/CA) as “someone who really gets it,” USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan keynoted Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Cooking for Solutions conference on May 19.  The event attracted food and agriculture writers from around the nation. The good news, Merrigan explained, is that “there’s more interest now in agriculture than there has […]

Healthy Farms, Healthy People Summit

May 19, 2011

by NSAC Policy Associate Helen Dombalis A diverse group of over 100 farm, food, and health stakeholders came together in Washington, DC Tuesday and Wednesday for Healthy Farms, Healthy People: A Farm & Food Policy Summit for a Strong America.  The summit was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and convened […]

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