Budget and Appropriations

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

Farmers Fly-in to Fight for Sustainable Ag Funding

March 1, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik, 202-547-5754 Farmers Fly-in to Fight for Sustainable Ag Funding National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Helps Farmers Share Their Stories with Legislators Washington, DC, March 1, 2016 – This week the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), one of the nation’s leading voices in food and agriculture policy, kicks off a month-long series […]

What Does the President’s 2017 Budget Mean for Sustainable Agriculture?

February 10, 2016

On Tuesday, February 9 the Administration released its budget request for fiscal year 2017.

RELEASE: NSAC Comments on the President’s FY 2017 Budget Request

February 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Greg Fogel, Senior Policy Specialist, 202-547-5754 NSAC Comments on the President’s FY 2017 Budget Request President’s request would preserve conservation funding and increase funding for sustainable agriculture priorities Conservation Alongside President Obama’s proposal to double funding for public lands conservation through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, his FY 2017 budget […]

Congress Passes Final Funding Bill for 2016

December 18, 2015

As Washington, D.C. vacates for the holidays, Congress today passed final funding legislation–known as an omnibus appropriations package–to fund the government through September 30, 2016. Read our previous post for a detailed analysis of what the omnibus means for sustainable agriculture and food systems. Early on Friday, December 18, the House passed the omnibus package […]


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