Budget and Appropriations


House Funding Bill Falls Short for Sustainable Agriculture

April 14, 2016

On Wednesday, April 13, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed its funding bill for fiscal

Over 100 Groups Urge Congress to Increase Support for Veteran and Minority Farmers

April 7, 2016

For farmers of color and military veterans in this country, the barriers to and risks of starting a successful farm

RELEASE: Agriculture Programs Help Veterans Launch Successful Careers in Farming

April 5, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik, NSAC, 202-547-5754, RKovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Evan Eagan, FVC, (530) 419-6740, evan@farmvetco.org   Agriculture Programs Help Veterans Launch Successful Careers in Farming U.S. Air Force Veteran and Montana Farmer Testifies Before Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Washington, DC, April 5, 2016 – Spring is not just cherry blossom season here in the capital […]

Farm Groups Defend Agricultural Conservation Programs

April 5, 2016

Congressional appropriators are this month in the process of drafting their fiscal year (FY) 2017 appropriations bills, bills which will determine the success or failure of programs by setting federal funding levels for the year. Several agricultural conservation programs, like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), are under fire in […]

Congressional Progress Report on Budget and Agriculture Appropriations

March 18, 2016

Each year, Congress goes through two separate, but related, processes to set funding levels for federal programs. The House and Senate Budget Committees develop budget resolutions that set overall spending caps and establish funding-related policy goals. Shortly thereafter, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees write annual spending bills (known as appropriations bills) to fund the […]

Representatives Signal Support for Minority and Veteran Farmers

March 18, 2016

The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the “Section 2501” program) is the only farm bill program dedicated to addressing the specific needs of minority and veteran farmers and ranchers. As annual appropriations request deadlines closed earlier this week, 18 Members of Congress signed a letter supporting full […]

Senators Defend Conservation Funding in FY 2017 Budget Negotiations

March 18, 2016

On Thursday, March 17, 33 Senators delivered a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, urging them to oppose cuts to conservation programs in fiscal year (FY) 2017. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) steered the effort, as they have done in previous years. Included among the […]

Farmers Fly in to the Capital to Advocate for Sustainable Agriculture

March 18, 2016

Throughout the month of March, farmers, ranchers, and “ag-vocates” from across the country traveled to DC for a series of “farmer fly-ins”, sponsored by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). During the fly-in the groups met with Senators and Representatives from their home states to discuss the benefits of federal sustainable agriculture programs, and to […]

House Republican Leadership and Conservative Wing Close in on Reaching Budget Agreement

March 4, 2016

In recent weeks, the leaders of the Republican Party in the House have been negotiating with the Party’s most conservative wing to reach an agreement on federal spending. The vehicle for the agreement would be a “budget resolution,” which the House and Senate are charged with passing each year in order to set top-line spending […]

The Fate of Food and Agriculture Programs in 2017 Will Be Decided in Appropriations

March 1, 2016

Last week, several food and agriculture agencies came before the House Subcommittee to defend their programs

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