Competition & Anti-trust

More 2015 Funding Hearings – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing Programs

April 4, 2014

This week, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee held hearings on the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 funding requests for three USDA mission areas – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which includes the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).  The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee also held […]

NSAC, Farmers Partner to Advocate on Sustainable Agriculture Funding

March 28, 2014

This week, a dozen family farmers and sustainable agriculture advocates from eight states traveled to Washington, DC to share their stories with the members of Congress who will decide on the coming year’s agricultural budget.  In meetings Wednesday and Thursday, farmers called upon their legislators to invest in a more sustainable food and farm future […]

What Does the President’s 2015 Budget Mean for Sustainable Agriculture?

March 5, 2014

President Obama sent his budget proposal for 2015 to Capitol Hill yesterday.  The overall spending number in the proposed budget for the next fiscal year (FY) would match the two-year budget deal Congress reached last year, though the President also includes an aspirational $56 billion add-on, which he calls the Opportunity, Growth, and Security (OGS) […]

2014 Farm Bill Drilldown: Subsidy Reform and Fair Competition

February 14, 2014

With the 2014 Farm Bill recently signed into law, NSAC is doing a blog series that delves into the details of the bill for sustainable food and farming systems.  This post discusses the highlights and the missed opportunities for commodity and crop insurance reform and agricultural market competition.  Previous “drill down” posts on a wide […]

What is in the 2014 Farm Bill For Sustainable Farms and Food Systems?

January 31, 2014

At the start of this long and twisted farm bill reauthorization process, NSAC released an ambitious farm bill platform with the goal of expanding opportunities for family farmers to produce good food, sustain the environment, and contribute to vibrant communities.  Reflecting input from sustainable and organic farmers, rural and urban communities, and food entrepreneurs, the […]

Congress Outlines 2014 Funding Package

January 14, 2014

Update: Both the House and Senate passed the omnibus package this week, and the President is expected to sign the bill shortly.  For a detailed breakdown of the funding levels provided in the bill, see our updated appropriations chart. On Monday, January 13, House and Senate appropriators released the text of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 […]

NSAC Delivers 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Funding Requests

December 17, 2013

On Tuesday, December 17, NSAC delivered a letter to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, urging them to support sustainable agriculture priorities in the final fiscal year 2014 appropriations legislation. The Committees are currently working to finalize legislation that would fund the government for the rest of FY 2014.  Both Committees passed their […]

Senators Weigh In on Livestock and Poultry Market Fairness

October 16, 2013

Eight Senators today sent a letter to Senate Agriculture Leadership signaling their strong objection to language contained in the House version of the Farm Bill that would severely restrict the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ability to ensure fair and competitive livestock and poultry markets under the Packers and Stockyards Act. Co-authored by Senators Jon […]

House Passes Bill to Slash Government Funding and Repeal Affordable Care Act

September 19, 2013

Update: On Friday, September 20, the House passed its short-term continuing appropriations resolution, 230-189.  Two Democrats voted Aye on the bill, while one Republican voted against the bill.  Click here for the full roll call vote. On Thursday, September 19, the House of Representatives passed a rule to govern debate on a short-term continuing appropriations […]

House Committee Releases Bill to Fund Government into December

September 11, 2013

Late on Tuesday, September 10, the House Appropriations Committee released a draft of its continuing appropriations resolution (CR) for the first two and a half months of fiscal year (FY) 2014.  With few exceptions, the bill would fund programs until December 15 at the levels provided in the final FY 2013 CR. Despite the House […]

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