Conservation, Energy & Environment


Controversial House Subcommittee Hearing on Crop Insurance

June 18, 2010

On June 17, in preparation for the 2012 Farm Bill, the House Agriculture General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee held a hearing on U.S. farm safety net programs.  Jim Miller, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services testified along with Jonathan Coppess, Farm Service Agency, and Bill Murphy,  Risk Management Agency.  You can view […]

NSAC Issues New Fact Sheet on the Conservation Stewardship Program

June 14, 2010

NSAC has issued a new five page fact sheet on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The fact sheet reflects changes to the program made under the final rule issued on June 3, 2010 by USDA as well as other administrative changes affecting the current sign up now under way.  Farmers and ranchers wanting to enroll […]

Noble on EPA Ag Advisory Committee

June 4, 2010

On June 3, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the 29 new members of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee for its 2010-2012 term. We are proud to say that Martha Noble, NSAC Senior Policy Associate, has been renamed to the panel for a second term.  Noble is a lawyer and NSAC’s policy specialist on […]

Farm Bill Hearings to Commence In Senate

June 4, 2010

This Tuesday, June 1, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman, Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) announced that the Committee will begin hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill at the end of this month. The first hearing will be held in Senate Agriculture Committee Room at 9:30am on June 30, 2010 on the topic of “Maintaining Our Domestic Food Supply […]

CSP Final Rule Released; Deadline Extended

June 3, 2010

USDA published the final rule for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in the June 3 Federal Register. At the same time, USDA extended the cut-off date for farmers and ranchers to submit CSP applications at their local USDA office from June 11 to June 25. Read the USDA release here.   NSAC issued a press release […]

Funding for Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Assistance

May 28, 2010

On Thursday, the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service announced the availability of $2.4 million dollars in competitive grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses as part of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). State, tribal, and local governments, universities, rural electric cooperatives, and public power entities […]

Organic Research RFA Focuses on Environmental Services

May 25, 2010

USDA is making $4.7 million available through the Organic Transitions integrated research, education, and extension program to fund projects examining environmental services provided by organic agriculture that contribute to climate change mitigation and support soil conservation. The Request for Applications (RFA) prioritizes two areas of much-needed research: 1.  Documenting and understanding the effects of organic […]

USDA Rolls Out Conservation Reserve Program Incentive for New Farmers and Ranchers

May 14, 2010

On May 14, USDA issued an Interim Final Rule to implement a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) transition option provided in the 2008 Farm Bill for retiring landowners to transfer land to beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.  Sign-up for the program, named the Transition Incentives Program (TIP), begins on May 17, 2010.   The […]

Agriculture Featured in Chesapeake Bay Watershed Protection and Restoration

May 13, 2010

This week, the Obama Administration unveiled a comprehensive strategy for dealing with nutrient and sediment pollution in Chesapeake Bay watersheds and issued guidance for federal land managers in the region for reducing nutrient and sediment pollution.   In addition, EPA announced a settlement in Fowler v. EPA, a case in which plaintiffs alleged that EPA […]

Help for Farmers in Accessing CSP

May 12, 2010

Thirty more days remain before the June 11th deadline for applications to the 2010 round of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  A number of NSAC member groups have resources to help producers sign up for CSP (with more to follow soon): ATTRA recently posted an updated step-by-step guide to the CSP application process to their […]

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