Beginning and Minority Farmers


USDA Announce Process to Resolve Discrimination Claims of Hispanic and Women Farmers

February 28, 2011

On Friday February 25, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General Tony West announced the establishment of a program to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert that they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans. The program provides up to $50,000 for each Hispanic or woman farmer […]

National Beginning Farmer Survey, Have You Participated?

February 28, 2011

Data on the challenges faced by today’s young and beginning farmers is hard to come by.  That’s why the National Young Farmers’ Coalition, in partnership with the Greenhorns and Beginningfarmers.org, is conducting a national survey to understand what’s working for beginning farmers, what’s not, and what policies they’d like to see in the next Farm […]

USDA Publishes Interim Rule for Value-Added Producer Grants

February 23, 2011

In June 2010, the USDA solicited public comments on the proposed rule  for implementation of the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.  This morning, after months of anticipation, the agency released the interim final rule.  Later this morning USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will hold a press call regarding the interim rule for VAPG. With the […]

Take Action: Oppose Reckless Spending Cuts

February 22, 2011

 Call Your Senators       In the early hours of Saturday, February 19, the House of Representatives approved a government funding bill that would slash more than $60 billion from the federal budget for the last half of fiscal year 2011.  The bill (H.R. 1) unfairly targets programs that serve sustainable and organic farmers.  It makes steep […]

House Approves $60 Billion in Budget Cuts

February 21, 2011

In the early hours of Saturday, February 19, the House of Representatives approved on a near party-line 235-189 vote the government funding bill for the last half of fiscal year 2011.  The bill, H.R. 1, would slash roughly $60 billion from the federal budget relative to fiscal year 2010 spending.  Three Republicans voted against the […]

Obama USDA Budget Proposal a Mixed Bag

February 15, 2011

On Monday, February 14, President Obama submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.  For sustainable agriculture interests, the budget proposal is a mixed bag, with big cuts to farm bill conservation programs, though mostly good news on discretionary spending accounts. Mandatory Farm Bill Spending President Obama’s proposed budget calls for deep, […]

House GOP Funding Proposal Would Cut NSAC Priority Programs

February 12, 2011

Post updated 2/15/11 Following a revolt by some of their rank and file on Thursday, House Republican leaders on Friday night released their draft bill to cut government funding for the remainder of the fiscal year that end September 3 by a significantly larger amount then they planned for earlier in the week.  The bill […]

LSP Report Evaluates 2010 BFRDP Awards

February 7, 2011

On Monday, February 7, the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) issued a report evaluating the 2010 grant allocations through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Project (BFRDP), administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  NSAC collaborated on the evaluation and report. The evaluation included a phone survey of […]

Upcoming USDA Program and Grant Deadlines

February 1, 2011

In case you haven’t kept track of all of the blogs we’ve posted about USDA conservation and competitive grant programs over the past few months, here is a handy summary of the USDA programs with upcoming enrollment or application deadlines: Sign-up Deadlines for USDA Conservation Programs: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative, administered by USDA’s […]

40th Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-up Announced

January 28, 2011

On Friday, January 28, USDA announced that a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up will be held from March 14-April 14, 2011.  This is the 40th general sign-up for the CRP and the second general sign-up since 2006.  Secretary Vilsack made the announcement today at the National Pheasant Fest in Omaha, Nebraska. The last general […]

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