Farm Bill


New Organic Price Elections for 2015 Crop Insurance Announced

December 15, 2014

December 15, The Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently released 10 new organic price elections for the 2015 crop insurance year. This brings the total number of organic price elections to 26 for the 2015 crop year. While this represents progress there is a long way to go since RMA offers over 100 individual crop policies. […]

Improved Insurance Option Available for Underserved Crops and Farms

December 15, 2014

On December 12, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced an interim final rule implementing the changes to the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) made by the 2014 Farm bill. The release of the interim rule means the changes go into effect immediately, but public comments will be accepted on the rule through February 23, […]

Pilot Projects to Boost Local Fruits and Vegetables in School Meal Programs

December 8, 2014

On December 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that eight states have been selected to participate in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables, a 2014 Farm Bill provision allowing pilot states to purchase more produce from local farmers for their school meal programs. California, Connecticut, Michigan, New York, Oregon, […]

Arkansas Farmer Uses VAPG to Bring Back Heirloom Tomatoes

December 8, 2014

Note: This is the third in a three-part series providing a closer look at some of this year’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) award recipients.  To read the other blog posts in this series, click here to read about how one organization used a VAPG award to expand online access to healthy food, and here to learn how […]

Much Needed Funding Will Support Outreach to Minority and Veteran Farmers

December 4, 2014

Farming is a risky business and has become increasingly difficult to enter over the past few decades. However, for the growing number of racially and culturally diverse or veteran farmers and ranchers in this country, starting and managing a successful farming operation is fraught with even greater challenges. That’s why NSAC is especially excited about […]

White Paper: How the Federal Crop Insurance Program Benefits Mega Farms

December 3, 2014

On December 2, the Land Stewardship Project released the second of three white papers on the federal crop insurance program. This paper is entitled, Crop Insurance Ensures the Big Get Bigger. This paper makes the point that the top 10 percent of crop insurance subsidy recipients took in more than half of all premium subsidies […]

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 […]

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