Conservation, Energy & Environment

Conservation and Consumer Interests Again Excluded from Ag Research Advisory Board

April 9, 2014

After a lengthy nomination process, USDA announced yesterday the appointment of eight new members to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. The NAREEE Advisory Board advises the Secretary of Agriculture, USDA’s research agencies, and land-grant colleges and universities on agricultural research, extension, education, and economics policies and priorities. […]

Senators Speak Up for Conservation Funding in 2015

April 7, 2014

On Friday, April 4, 26 Senators delivered a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees urging them to oppose cuts to conservation programs in fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations legislation.  Senator Chris Coon (D-DE) led the letter.  Among the many other signers were Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) […]

Groups Urge Congress to Protect Conservation Funding

April 4, 2014

On Thursday, April 3, NSAC and 28 other national organizations delivered a letter to members of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees urging them to oppose cuts to conservation programs in fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations legislation. The letter was delivered as the Subcommittees are considering the President’s FY 2015 Budget Request, funding requests from […]

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 […]

Protecting Streams and Wetlands Under the Clean Water Act

March 27, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have released a much-anticipated proposed rule to clarify Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands.  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition applauds EPA and the Corps for moving forward with this important rule, which will bolster the Clean Water Act’s legal and […]

New Targeted Conservation Partnership Projects Coming Soon

March 21, 2014

The recently enacted 2014 Farm Bill includes a new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  RCPP allows farmers to sign-up for conservation technical and financial assistance through targeted regional or thematic projects that are organized by farm and conservation organizations, state agencies, conservation districts, or others with an interest in partnering with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation […]

Environmental Impacts of Produce Safety Regulations

March 12, 2014

Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the comment period on the scoping process for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is part of the agency’s process for developing new produce safety regulations.  The original deadline for submitting comments on the environmental impact scoping process was November 15, 2013, but FDA extended the […]

National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

March 7, 2014

Last month, 300 agricultural innovators, experts, and leaders convened in Omaha, Nebraska for the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health.  This conference was organized to provide a national forum to discuss moving the dial toward a more sustainable American agricultural system by focusing on improving soil health. Organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Research […]

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) […]

USDA Pollinator Protection Initiative Leaves out CSP

February 26, 2014

New EQIP Initiative The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week announced the availability of $3 million to protect vulnerable pollinators through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  These targeted funds will support conservation practices that both foster environmental benefits and provide habitat and forage for pollinating species.  Farmer applications for this special EQIP initiative […]

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