Commodity, Crop Insurance & Credit Programs


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 […]

House Holds Farm Credit Hearing

July 15, 2011

On Thursday, July 14, the House Subcommittee on Agriculture Department Operations, Oversight and Credit held an audit hearing to discuss farm loan programs, hearing witness testimony from FSA Administrator Bruce Nelson and Assistant Deputy Administrator Jim Radintz.  The hearing was relatively short, ending abruptly when members were notified of an imminent floor vote. Leading the […]

Rural Coalition’s National Rural Gathering

July 12, 2011

From June 22 through 26, Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural held its National Rural Gathering: Water, Land, Energy, and Food in Shawnee and Wewoka, Oklahoma.   Located in the heart of the Seminole Nation, better supporting socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers was the major focus of the gathering.  NSAC works with the Rural Coalition to advocate for […]

Oklahoma’s Sustainable Agriculture

July 12, 2011

Last month, NSAC Policy Associate Helen Dombalis traveled to Oklahoma where she explored the state’s many sustainable agriculture endeavors. Policy Advocacy and Research: GIPSA, Conservation, and Beyond – Yukon and Oklahoma City Helen was joined by sustainable agriculture advocate and farmer Kathy Moore of Anichini-Moore Ranch & Farm and co-founder of the Oklahoma Composting Council.  […]

Articles of Note in Latest JAFSCD Issue

July 12, 2011

Among the many excellent articles contained in the latest issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development are three with special relevance to NSAC’s work.  An article highlighting African American farmers is available without a subscription until July 16.  Access to the full issue requires a subscription, but the abstracts can be […]

Farm Credit Seeks Public Comment On New Rule By July 25

July 7, 2011

The public has until July 25, 2011 to submit comments on the Farm Credit Administration’s (FCA) proposal to require Farm Credit System lending institutions to emphasize borrower diversity as part of their business plan, including young farmers, small farms serving local and regional food systems, and racial and ethnic diversity. The proposed rule is an […]

An Action Packed June

June 30, 2011

It’s been a busy month at NSAC with four separate advocacy campaigns put in play. On June 28th, NSAC and a broad coalition of farm, conservation, wildlife, and forestry organizations representing millions of Americans orchestrated a National Day of Action to protest huge cuts to farm bill conservation programs and an attack on local and […]

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