Commodity, Crop Insurance & Credit Programs


House Passes Senate Food Safety Bill with FY 11 Appropriations

December 9, 2010

On Wednesday evening, December 8, the House passed a combined Continuing Resolution-Food Safety bill by a vote of 212-206.  All Republicans and 35 Democrats voted no. The Continuing Resolution would fund all government functions for the remainder of the current fiscal year 2011, which ends September 30, 2011.  The current short-term Continuing Resolution expires on […]

FSA Proposes Expansion of Beginning Farmer and Rancher Land Contract Program

September 24, 2010

On Thursday, September 23, USDA’s Farm Services Agency (FSA) issued a proposed rule to implement the Land Contract Sales Program pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.  The proposal makes permanent the Beginning Farmer and Rancher (BFR) Land Contract Guarantee Pilot Program from the 2002 Farm Bill.  As required by the new Farm Bill, the new […]

Over 50 Organizations Express Discontent over RMAP Interim Final Rule

September 23, 2010

On Thursday, September 23, NSAC and 56 other organizations delivered a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concern over USDA’s Interim Final Rule for the Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program (RMAP).  The letter was organized by the Center for Rural Affairs. Interim rules for RMAP were published to the Federal Register on May 28, 2010.  […]

FSA Issues Conservation Loan Rule

September 3, 2010

On Thursday, September 2, USDA announced the launch of the Conservation Loan program established by the 2008 Farm Bill.  Though Congress appropriated money for the loan program in fiscal year 2010, enough to fund $150 million worth of loans, the program has been stymied waiting on the rulemaking. The new interim final rule appears in […]

Legislative Roundup: Farm Credit Funding Passes, Other Food and Farm Legislation Could Move

July 28, 2010

[Friday July 30 update to story below — A measure to fund the Pigford II class action settlement between USDA and black farmers is now expected to come to the Senate floor early next week as a stand alone measure.  The Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) is now not expected to be taken up […]

Revised Chart on FY 2011 Ag Appropriations

July 20, 2010

With both the House Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee and the full Senate Appropriations Committee now having taken action on their Fiscal Year 2011 agricultural spending bills, NSAC is posting a revised version of its annual agriculture appropriations chart to our website.  The chart provides detailed funding level decisions on a program-by-program basis for about 40 USDA […]

USDA Boosts Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

July 19, 2010

The USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) is requesting a second round of applications for the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Competitive Grants Program (OASDFR), a program that seeks to ensure equitable participation in USDA programs for minority producers. The OAO will fund up to $4.7 million in grants to […]

Senate Committee Adopts Ag Spending Bill

July 15, 2010

On Thursday, July 15, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2011 Agricultural Appropriations bill by voice vote.  The action on the agriculture bill came after a lengthy partisan debate over the overall discretionary spending levels for the entire government for FY 2011, which concluded with the adoption of Chairman Inouye’s proposed spending allocations. […]

Farmers Agree, Mr. Vilsack: Farm Bill Should Emphasize Beginning Farmers

July 8, 2010

By Anna Jones-Crabtree from Vilicus Farm On July 1st, NSAC posted a blog to applaud Secretary Vilsack’s plea to Congress to support beginning farmers and to encourage USDA to walk the talk. Farmers agree.   Here is how Anna Jones-Crabtree from Vilicus Farm in Montana responded to our blog: We would not be farming if it […]

Farm Credit, Pigford Settlement Funding in House Supplemental War Spending Bill

July 2, 2010

Late on Thursday, July 1st, the House adopted by key amendments to the 2010 supplemental war spending bill (HR 4899).  The House amended a Senate-passed version of the bill from May.  Click here to view NSAC’s initial blog on this bill. The Senate bill included $950 million worth of Farm Service Agency direct and guaranteed […]

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