Beginning and Minority Farmers

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 […]

The Atlantic Holds Annual Food Summit in Washington, DC

April 29, 2011

Earlier this week The Atlantic held its annual Food Summit in Washington, DC.  USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan gave the keynote address.  Merrigan started by acknowledging that it is an exciting time for people working in the food and farm sectors since Americans are increasingly interested in where their food comes from, how it is […]

Beginning and Minority Farmer Conservation Set-Asides: FY 2010 Results

April 21, 2011

With generous assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff in the Resource Economic, Analysis and Policy (REAP) Division, NSAC has assembled the following brief report on farm bill conservation program assistance targeted to beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers for the fiscal year 2010 enrollment period. What is REAP? The REAP Division’s […]

Ohio Beginning Farmer Testifies at House Ag Credit Hearing

April 15, 2011

On Thursday, April 14, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit held a hearing to review credit conditions in rural America.  The two panels primarily featured witnesses from different credit providers, from independent banks to federal loan providers. Among the witnesses was Matt Starline, a young farmer and owner of Starline Organics […]

Congress Releases Draft 6-Month Continuing Resolution

April 12, 2011

In the early morning of Tuesday, April 12, Congress released a draft of the 6-month continuing resolution (CR), agreed to by House and Senate Democrats and Republicans late last night. The CR would cut $42 billion relative to FY 2010 levels for non-defense spending, but couples that with a $4 billion increase in defense spending, […]

National Agricultural Landscapes Forum in Review

April 11, 2011

On Thursday and Friday, April 7-8, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), along with the Farm Foundation and American Farmland Trust, presented a two-day forum on landscape integrity and water security in the 21st century. As outlined in an earlier blog post, the National Agricultural Landscapes Forum followed a series five public meetings to gather […]

Appointments to Minority Farmer Advisory Committee Announced

April 5, 2011

On March 24 USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced appointments for the Agency’s new Minority Farmer Advisory Committee.  Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, the Committee will make recommendations to Vilsack on outreach and assistance for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, including increased participation in USDA programs and program and policy recommendations. The appointees, who will […]

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