Conservation, Energy & Environment


Press Release: Major Questions Remain as USDA Announces 2017 Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up

November 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik, 202-547-5754, RKovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Alyssa Charney, 202-547-5754, ACharney@sustainableagriculture.net   Major Questions Remain as USDA Announces 2017 CSP Sign-Up Washington, DC, November 4, 2016 – Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the beginning of the 2017 sign-up period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest working lands conservation program. […]

New Publications Help Farmers and Certifiers Incorporate Biodiversity Practices on the Farm

November 3, 2016

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to share the following guest post from Wild Farm Alliance (WFA), an NSAC member organization. The post highlights two publications WFA recently released to support organic farmers as they incorporate biodiversity practices into their operations. There is a direct linkage between conservation practices on the farm and National Organic Program (NOP) standards, and […]

New Organic Champions Opportunity at NRCS

November 2, 2016

Conservation is in the best interest of all farmers, however, best practices for conservation can vary significantly depending on the region, type of crops or animals raised, and nature of the farming operations. Organic and transitioning-to-organic farmers have particularly unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to on-farm conservation practices. Given the unique-nature of the […]

RFA Roundup: Deadlines for Federal Food and Farm Program Grants

October 28, 2016

The start-up of the new fiscal year (FY) means that many food and farm programs have started to get out Requests for Applications (RFAs) for their grant programs. While a flood of grant program announcements is generally good news, with so many coming out in the midst of a busy election year, it can be […]

COMMENT: NSAC Applauds Recording-Breaking CCRP Enrollment

October 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik, 202-547-5754, rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754, gfogel@sustainableagriculture.net CCRP enrolls record-breaking number of sensitive lands in FY 2016 The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) applauds the robust outreach efforts of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), thanks to which the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program’s (CCRP) fiscal year (FY) 2016 enrollment is the highest on […]

New ACEP Rule Guides Long-Term Conservation of Farmland, Grassland, and Wetlands

October 24, 2016

The pressure on farmers and rural landowners to turn wetlands and grasslands into production, or productive farm and ranchland into commercial and residential developments, has been increasing for decades. In order to combat development pressures and incentivize conservation over elimination of ecologically valuable lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers the Agriculture Conservation Easement […]

Funds Available for Rural Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Development

October 19, 2016

  As climate and energy costs grow increasing volatile, farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses are turning their attentions toward sustainable energy production and conservation strategies. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a farm bill energy title program, facilitates this move toward greater energy sustainability by providing grants and loans to farmers and businesses for […]

New Report Raises Concerns about Health Impacts from Nitrate in Drinking Water

October 4, 2016

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to share the following guest post from National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) member organization, the Iowa Environmental Council (IEC). IEC’s new report provides a critical look at nitrogen pollution and public health in Iowa. As concerns around nutrient pollution and water quality continue to grow, NSAC recognizes and advocates for […]

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 […]

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