Commodity, Crop Insurance & Credit Programs

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 […]

FAPRI releases report on impacts of eliminating direct payments to US farmers

June 30, 2011

On Thursday June 29th, the University of Missouri’s Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) released a report entitled “Potential Impacts of Limiting Direct Payments.”  The report estimates the economic impacts to farmers, landowners, federal budgetary outlays and consumers if direct payments to farmers are eliminated. The report comes at a time when Congressional leaders […]

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Visit DC

June 17, 2011

On June 15, eleven beginning farmers and ranchers from across the country arrived in Washington, DC to tell legislators what measures our country can take to support beginning farmers and ranchers.  Anticipating the 2012 Farm Bill process, beginning farmers and ranchers sought support for a marker bill with a package of provisions for beginning farmer […]

Act Now to Rebuild the Food System

June 15, 2011

Looking for an opportunity to help rebuild the local and regional food system? The Farm Credit Administration (FCA) — the federally chartered agency that oversees the nationwide network of locally-controlled and borrower-owned cooperative lending associations that make up the Farm Credit System (FCS) — is asking the public to comment on a proposed rule that, […]

Farm Credit Agency Highlights Farmer Diversity

June 10, 2011

On May 25, the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) issued a proposed change to regulations for Farm Credit Systems that would require institutions to include an emphasis on diversity as part of their business plan.  The pool of farmers, FCA notes, is becoming not only more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, but includes […]

House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Passes FY2012 Funding Bill

May 24, 2011

On Tuesday, March 24, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies passed by voice vote its fiscal year (FY) 2012 agriculture appropriations bill, which would cut USDA and FDA discretionary programs by 13.4 percent on top of a similar amount in the FY 2011 bill completed last month.  […]

House FY2012 Appropriations Bill Would Slash Conservation, Rural Development, and Research Programs

May 24, 2011

On Monday, May 23, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies released a draft of its fiscal year (FY) 2012 agriculture appropriations bill.  The Subcommittee will debate, potentially amend, and almost certainly pass the bill on Tuesday during an afternoon markup. Before the bill can become law, […]

Congress Passes FY 2011 Budget, Cuts Billions from Agriculture

April 15, 2011

On Thursday, April 14, Congress passed a final 6-month continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.  The CR cuts $42 billion relative to FY 2010 levels for non-defense spending, but couples that with a $4 billion increase in defense spending, for a net decrease of approximately $38 […]


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