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Groundbreaking Opportunity: The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act

October 27, 2011

Is supporting your local farmer, visiting your farmers market, CSA, food coop, or other local food source important to you?  What about having fresh, local food for your child’s school meals?  Or as a farmer or rancher, do you want to figure out ways to add value to your food products to capitalize on sales […]

Local and Regional Food Bill Prepared for Inclusion in New Farm Bill

October 27, 2011

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition For Immediate Release October 27, 2011 Contact: Helen Dombalis, Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 Local and Regional Food Bill Prepared for Inclusion in New Farm Bill Washington, D.C. October 27, 2011 – Today Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Representative Chellie Pingree of Maine announced that next week they will introduce the Local […]

Beginning Farmer Bill Introduced in Congress to Include in Farm Bill

October 25, 2011

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition For Immediate Release October 25, 2011 Contact: Ferd Hoefner, Juli Obudzinski, 202-547-5754 Beginning Farmer Bill Introduced in Congress for Inclusion in New Farm Bill Washington, D.C. October 25, 2011 – House and Senate members today announced the introduction of  the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011 [H.R. 3236], a […]

Agriculture Committee Leader Letter Sent to Super Committee

October 17, 2011

Over the weekend we reported the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees had not finalized their letter to the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the Super Committee) recommended cuts to farm bill programs.  That letter became final today and has been sent to the Super […]

This is Our Chance – Last Chance

September 29, 2011

Only once every 5 years do you have the opportunity to truly change our food and farm system through the farm bill! The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011 will be introduced in Congress next week – this is our chance to ensure food security for future generations and new farming enterprises that […]

Senate Agriculture Spending Bill Unveiled

September 9, 2011

On Wednesday, September 7, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its fiscal year (FY) 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill by voice vote. The Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee received an overall allocation of $19.78 billion for discretionary spending in FY 2012, translating to a $192 million reduction below the already low FY 2011 levels.  The House bill passed earlier […]

Farmer Backlog for Federal Credit Addressed but Serious Gap Remains

August 28, 2011

On July 28, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) transferred unneeded Guaranteed Farm Operating Loan (GOL) funds to two credit programs with higher demand – Direct Farm Operating Loans (DOL) and Guaranteed Farm Ownership (GFO) loans.  FSA has general authority to transfer a portion of appropriated funds from one loan program to another to bring spending […]

Standing up for the Local Food Economy

July 29, 2011

This summer hundreds of NSAC supporters and members, farmers, and allies took action in support of a proposed rule that could bring millions of dollars in new investment to the local and regional food producers all across this country.  The Farm Credit Administration’s (FCA) proposal would require Farm Credit System (FCS) lending institutions to be […]

Financing Measure Could Boost Farm Production in Food Deserts

July 22, 2011

Guest Post We welcome farm and food consultants Bob Heuer and Patty Cantrell to our page today on a very timely issue.  To take action, please see NSAC’s action alert on the proposed Farm Credit System rule and its potential impact on the availability of local foods.  Public comments are due Monday. By Bob Heuer […]

Eat Locally, Comment Thoughtfully

July 20, 2011

Is supporting your local farmer by visiting your farmers market, CSA, food coop, or other local food source important to you? Well, this is an exceptional opportunity to make sure your local farmers have the resources they need to continue to grow the local food economy. All you have to do is write a short […]

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