Conservation, Energy & Environment


Important Update on NRCS High Tunnel Pilot Program

January 29, 2010

By Martha Noble, NSAC High tunnels help to extend the growing season for lettuce on Don Bustos’ Santa Cruz farm in Santa Fe, NM; Photo by Jess Daniel Update on Final Tally (February 2, 2010) The date for states to opt into the NRCS Seasonal High Tunnel Pilot Program closed on January 29 with 42 […]

2010 EQIP Organic Initiative Sign-up Announced

January 23, 2010

By Ariane Lotti, NSAC USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has opened the 2010 sign-up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic Initiative. 2010 Organic Initiative Snapshot: $50 million has been allocated for 2010; The sign-up is open through March 12, 2010; Existing certified organic farmers and farmers transitioning to organic production are eligible; Applicants who […]

Updated Farm Bill Programs and Grants Page

January 22, 2010

By Jess Daniel, NSAC Introducing… an updated “quick-guide” to federal programs and grants for farmers, ranchers, food entrepreneurs, and the researchers, educators and community groups who serve them. This chart is a one-stop shop for links to the relevant USDA program websites (where they exist), brief descriptions of programs, and important dates and deadlines. Check […]

Kemp responds to comments on “BCAP Boondoggle”

January 20, 2010

By Loni Kemp, consultant to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in response to a comment by  FSA employee Paul Harte on the article “BCAP Boondoggle” from January 11, 2010. Mr. Harte from USDA is quick to accuse, but the BCAP law is quite clear about where there is discretion that the Farm Service […]

Avalos Addresses Family Farm Issues at NSAC Annual Meeting

January 15, 2010

At the annual meeting of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) in Santa Fe this week, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Edward Avalos told the gathered delegates of his desire for USDA to listen to and serve the needs of small and mid-sized farms, including through buy local campaigns, value-added agricultural development, […]

BCAP Boondoggle

January 11, 2010

By Loni Kemp, consultant to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy While the Biomass Crop Assistance Program designed to help farmers plant new energy crops languishes in administrative limbo—the BCAP that NSAC and others fought so hard for in the 2008 farm bill—the other BCAP has grown into a monster.  What started out as […]

NRCS Organic Initiative

May 6, 2009

NRCS Organic Initiative 2009: NSAC’s Most Up-to-Date Information as of May 5, 2009 General On May 5, 2009, NRCS announced the set-aside of $50 million for its new 2009 Organic Initiative through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The program is administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and will be available in all […]

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