Conservation, Energy & Environment


APPLY NOW FOR RISK MANAGEMENT EDUCATION GRANTS

September 22, 2016

  Education and training to help farmers manage risks related to food production and the natural resources that underlie that production – as well as all manner of financial, marketing, and legal risks – can play a critical role in keeping farmers on the land and helping a new generation of farmers get off to a […]

NSAC Members Awarded Conservation Innovation Project Funding

September 9, 2016

In an effort to spur innovation in agricultural production and sustainable management, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $26 million to 45 projects that show promise in promoting on-farm conservation. The awards are issued through USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program – part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  Since its establishment […]

Climate Change and Agriculture: A Problem Too Hot (and Cold, and Wet, and Dry) to Ignore

September 2, 2016

Editor’s Note: This article was written by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) for the Fair Farms Maryland (FFM) blog, and was originally published by FFM on September 1, 2016. Climate Change and Agriculture: A Problem Too Hot (and Cold, and Wet, and Dry) to Ignore By Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition […]

Conservation Stewardship Program ‘Reinvention’: What to look for in the upcoming overhaul

August 29, 2016

    Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Ferd Hoefner of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and published as an opinion piece in Agri-Pulse on August 29, 2016. The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) offers technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to maintain high standards of resource conservation and environmental stewardship […]

SARE ROUNDUP: NEWS ON SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

August 25, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the latest in a series of periodic blog posts on the happenings in each of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) regions, focusing on project solicitations and grant award announcements. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program funds farmer-driven research and education through a competitive grants program. SARE is the only […]

Cover Crop Survey Reflects Enthusiasm for the Soil Saving Practice

August 2, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program recently released the results of its 2015 – 2016 Cover Crop Survey, which assessed the benefits, challenges, and growth of cover crops, as well as demand for cover crop seed across the United States. For the fourth year in a row, the SARE survey […]

Guest Post: From Cover Crops to High Tunnels

July 22, 2016

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), an NSAC member organization. Their post highlights the benefits of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative, which provides financial and technical assistance to support the implementation and installation of conservation practices tailored to organic producers.  Despite the significant benefits that the Organic Initiative can […]

To Protect Native Grasslands, Sodsaver Provision Must Be Strengthened

July 15, 2016

America’s native grasslands are one of our most productive natural resources, providing wildlife habitat, flood mitigation, erosion control, and helping to sequester significant amounts of carbon dioxide. Moreover, native grasslands are a critical component of America’s ranching and hunting economies. Unfortunately, these lands are also some of the most threatened natural resources in the country. […]

Sustainable Agriculture Groups Call for Improved Organic Conservation Support

July 14, 2016

As demand for organic production continues to grow, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has enormous potential to provide support to transitioning-to-organic farmers through conservation planning and technical and financial assistance. Through their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative (OI), NRCS offers important conservation supports to organic farmers, but […]

USDA Awards $44.6 million to Support Wetland Enhancements

July 12, 2016

Rising demand for crop land conversion and developable land has made America’s wetlands some of our most threatened natural resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP) helps restore wetlands by giving private landowners federal funding to help them protect, restore, and enhance wetlands through long-term easements. On July 7, 2016 […]

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