Farm Bill


Guest Post: Disaster Assistance Program Sign-up Begins

April 18, 2014

Editor’s Note: We want to thank James Robinson of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) for this guest post on disaster assistance programs that were restored in the 2014 Farm Bill.  RAFI  works to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms.  As RAFI’s Research and Policy Associate, […]

New Local Food Procurement Guide for School Nutrition Programs

April 7, 2014

Last week, the Farm to School Program of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published Procuring Local Food for Child Nutrition Programs, a guide to help K-12 schools operating one or more Child Nutrition Programs with identifying and procuring locally grown and produced food for use at school cafeterias. Using examples from school districts, State agencies, […]

Secretary Vilsack Reports to House Agriculture Committee on Farm Bill Implementation

April 4, 2014

At a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed questions concerning the department’s implementation of key farm bill provisions and role in supporting rural economies.  That same day, USDA released a Farm Bill Implementation Progress Report outlining the actions that the agency has taken since enactment of the law, and […]

Senate Bill Would Limit Crop Insurance Premium Subsidies

April 3, 2014

Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced a bill (S. 2201) that would place a hard limit on crop insurance premium subsidies.  The bipartisan bill would limit payments to $70,000 per farm per year and is estimated to save over $1 billion over the next ten years. Crop insurance premium subsidies are […]

New Targeted Conservation Partnership Projects Coming Soon

March 21, 2014

The recently enacted 2014 Farm Bill includes a new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  RCPP allows farmers to sign-up for conservation technical and financial assistance through targeted regional or thematic projects that are organized by farm and conservation organizations, state agencies, conservation districts, or others with an interest in partnering with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation […]

Farm Bill Implementation on Beginning Farmer and Rancher Programs Already Underway

March 7, 2014

Beginning in 2011, NSAC launched a campaign around Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher programs in the Farm Bill, and ultimately helped win on quite a number of issues in the final legislation.  The NSAC-championed marker bill, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act, was championed by members in both chambers, led by Senator […]

2014 Farm Bill Drill Down: Recap and Wrap Up

February 14, 2014

What does the 2014 Farm Bill mean for sustainable ag?

2014 Farm Bill Drilldown: Subsidy Reform and Fair Competition

February 14, 2014

With the 2014 Farm Bill recently signed into law, NSAC is doing a blog series that delves into the details of the bill for sustainable food and farming systems.  This post discusses the highlights and the missed opportunities for commodity and crop insurance reform and agricultural market competition.  Previous “drill down” posts on a wide […]

2014 Farm Bill Drilldown: Sustainable and Organic Research

February 12, 2014

With the 2014 Farm Bill recently signed into law, NSAC is doing a blog series that delves into the details of the bill for sustainable food and farming systems.  Previous posts in this farm bill series dove into the overall farm bill by the numbers, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer issues, working lands conservation programs, […]

2014 Farm Bill Drilldown: Local and Regional Food Systems, Healthy Food Access, and Rural Development

February 11, 2014

With the 2014 Farm Bill recently signed into law, NSAC is doing a blog series that delves into the details of the bill for sustainable food and farming systems.  Previous posts in this farm bill series dove into the overall farm bill by the numbers, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer issues, working lands conservation programs, […]

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