Conservation, Energy & Environment

Biomass Crop Assistance Program – Additional Concerns

October 29, 2010

Earlier this week NSAC issued a blog on the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), a rule that does not do nearly enough to ensure that BCAP will focus on projects for the establishment of perennial bioenergy crops.  USDA’s Farm Service Agency also issued this week a record of decision for the […]

NIFA Announces Organic Research and Extension Grants

October 27, 2010

Today, October 27, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 30 grants totaling over $22 million to enhance the ability of organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. In announcing the awards, NIFA Director Roger Beachy noted “More and more farmers are adopting organic agriculture practices to produce […]

Biomass Crop Assistance Program Final Rule Major Disappointment

October 26, 2010

The final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program is scheduled for official publication in the Federal Register on October 27.  The final rule was addressed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack last Thursday as part of a set of bioenergy policies. NSAC submitted comments to USDA on the BCAP proposed rule back in April of […]

NRCS Seeking Comments on Draft CEAP Chesapeake Bay Report

October 26, 2010

On Monday, October 25, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that it is seeking comments on a draft of its second Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) report, entitled “Assessment of the Effects of Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland in the Chesapeake Bay Region.”  The full report is available for download here. Comments should be […]

USDA Announces Subsidies for Biofuels

October 22, 2010

On Thursday, October 21, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a series of measures to expand and develop infrastructure and incentives for the production of  biofuels, including a rule to implement the Farm Bill’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP).  He also called on Congress to extend the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax which in the near term […]

“Why Pollinators Matter” Conference Bee-gins

October 20, 2010

Today, October 20, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) kicked off its three-day 10th Annual International Conference, “Pollinators and North American Priorities: Why Pollinators Matter: Benefits, Challenges, and Outcomes,” at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C.  NAPPC, which is administered by the Pollinator Partnership (P2), is a collaborative group of over 120 organizations and individuals […]

New Publication on Farm Bill Programs and Habitat Conservation

October 19, 2010

NSAC is pleased to announce the release of a new publication – Conserving Habitat through the Federal Farm Bill: A Guide for Land Trusts and Landowners. A group of six organizations came together to contribute to this comprehensive and practical guide for farmers, ranchers, land trusts and other landowners who want to increase wildlife habitat […]

USDA Announces Iowa REAP Grant Recipients

October 14, 2010

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $32 million in loans and grants for 433 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Iowa under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  Grants and loans totaled $14.5 million and $17.4 million, respectively. REAP, which is administered by USDA’s Rural Development agency, makes grants and loans available to […]

EPA Farm, Ranch, & Rural Communities Advisory Committee Meeting

October 14, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee met in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.  NSAC Senior Policy Associate Martha Noble is a member of the Committee. The Committee is currently charged with one major task – the preparation of a paper with recommendations to EPA Administrator Lisa […]

USDA Farm Service Agency Releases Report from 39th CRP Signup

October 14, 2010

From August 2-27th of this year, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) held a general signup for its Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  On October 8, FSA released its report on the sign-up, which detailed the variety and distribution of acreage accepted into the program.  Read the full report here. On September 14, Secretary Vilsack announced that […]

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