Farm Bill


Top Sustainable Agriculture Programs Explained in New Farm Bill Guide!

November 21, 2014

Those looking for an accessible rundown on federal sustainable farming and food systems programs have a new, printed resource available to them!  The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) recently published a comprehensive printed guide to federal sustainable agriculture, forestry, entrepreneurship, conservation, food systems, and community development programs.  NSAC, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and USDA’s Sustainable […]

The Top 6 Improvements with New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Policy

November 18, 2014

As farmers consider signing up, we look at why Whole-Farm Revenue Protection is better than its predecessor policies.

New Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs Helps Distill Farm Bill Resources

November 10, 2014

NSAC’s Grassroots Guide to the Federal Farm and Food Programs is a free, digital resource to help build a more sustainable farm and food future.

Election Results Will Influence Farm Policy Leadership in Congress

November 7, 2014

This week’s Republican wave election, combined with congressional retirements and term limits, will shake up the leadership of key congressional committees for food and agriculture.  Here is the brief rundown. Senate Agriculture: With the Republican takeover of the Senate, it is highly likely that Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), the current Ranking Member of the Senate […]

Press Release: New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Policy Aims for Diversified Farms

November 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Paul Wolfe, (202) 547-5754, pwolfe@sustainableagriculture.net New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Policy Aims for Diversified Farms November 6, 2014, Washington, DC – Diversified farmers will now have access to a improved crop insurance option with USDA’s release today of the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance policy.  This will be the first […]

USDA Rolls Out New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Policy

November 6, 2014

Whole Farm Revenue Protection allows farmers to insure all their crops, livestock, and nursery and greenhouse crops under one policy

USDA Begins Certification Process for Conservation Compliance

October 31, 2014

On Friday, October 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a revised certification document, known as an AD-1026 form, that will allow farmers who receive crop insurance premium subsidies to certify that they are in compliance with highly erodible land (HEL) and wetland conservation requirements, collectively known as “conservation compliance.”  In conjunction with the […]

NSAC member organizations receive Rural Business Enterprise Grants from USDA

October 23, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 50 new Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) for the 2014 fiscal year, including awards for two NSAC member organizations. Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and National Hmong American Farmers (NHAF) each received RBEG awards from USDA’s Rural Development agency.  The announcement follows an earlier […]

RMA Levels the Playing Field on Premium Subsidies for New Whole Farm Revenue Protection Insurance

October 3, 2014

On October 3, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that premium subsidy levels established for the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance policy will be in line with the premium subsidies available to producers selecting whole-farm units under the Revenue Protection plans of insurance.  If a farmer has two or more crops and meets […]

Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grants Announced

October 3, 2014

On October 2, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $51 million in awards from the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).  SCRI provides grants for regional research and extension projects to support producers of fruits, vegetables, nursery crops, and other specialty crops. This is the first time since 2012 that SCRI […]

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