Conservation, Energy & Environment


Socioeconomic and Environmental Impacts of GE Crop Production Raise Concerns

May 27, 2016

While the issue of GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling is certainly an important one, there are many other concerns with genetically engineered (GE) crops and food of importance to the sustainable agriculture movement, and that are often at risk of being overshadowed by the labeling debate. A prime example of this are questions regarding the […]

$3 Million Available for Biomass-to-Energy Projects

May 25, 2016

When you think of sustainable energy, what comes to mind? For most people, solar and wind power would top the list, but many may not realize that sustainable energy can also be generated from on-farm plant matter and animal waste. Many farmers are already using this method, called “bioenergy”, which is produced from a variety of […]

A Breakdown of the Senate’s Annual Food and Farm Spending Bill

May 20, 2016

Each year, Congress debates and makes key decisions about federal funding priorities for all government agencies, programs, and initiatives – including programs and resources that support our nation’s farmers and ranchers. This week marks an important step in that process (known as appropriations), as the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the U.S. […]

SARE Stories from the Field: The Buzz on Pollinator Conservation  

May 15, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth and final blog in our series highlighting the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Our previous blog featured farmers in California’s Salinas Valley and how they were able to reduce farm inputs through improved nutrient management When you hear the term “pollinator”, what do you think of? For most people, honeybees would […]

RELEASE: New “Farmers’ Guide” Helps Organic Producers Apply for Buffer Initiative

May 13, 2016

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition announces the publication of their Organic Farmers’ Guide

Final Environmental Cost-Share Rule Fails to Incorporate Sustainability Recommendations

May 12, 2016

Farmers and ranchers are important stewards of our natural resources. Through national initiatives like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is able to support farmers and ranchers in their efforts to introduce conservation efforts on their lands and more sustainably manage their operations. EQIP, managed by USDA’s Natural Resource […]

$72 Million Investment in Soil Health to Help Farmers Address Climate Change

May 12, 2016

As the impacts of climate change become more extreme, resilient agriculture systems are critical to maintaining economic, ecological, and community health. In the face of such uncertainty, we must prioritize the establishment of food production systems that are diverse and flexible enough to deal with a changing climate. On May 12, 2016, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) […]

Rural Energy Awards Help Farmers Keep the Lights On

May 11, 2016

As climate variability and energy costs continue to rise, producing on-farm, renewable energy has become an attractive option for many farmers and ranchers. In order to help farmers and ranchers save money by becoming more energy efficient, the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants and loans to farmers and rural businesses to make […]

USDA Enrolls 800,000 Acres in Long-Term Conservation Contracts

May 11, 2016

Healthy soils are the underpinning of the agricultural economy. On the most marginal, highly erodible lands, soils are best cared for by keeping them covered in grasses or trees year-round and avoiding agricultural production. On more productive fields, soils can be enhanced through the use of sustainable farming tools like conservation buffers – riparian buffers, grassed […]

GAO Report Calls for Timeline to Update USDA Biotechnology Regulations

April 25, 2016

As a growing list of genetically engineered plant and animal crops enter the marketplace with minimal, if any, regulation from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is urging USDA to set a clear timeline for updating its biotechnology regulations. In a report released on April 14, 2016, GAO cautioned: […]

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