Farm Bill

New School Lunch Pilot for Locally-Grown Produce Accepting Applications from States

July 22, 2014

Yesterday, July 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a Request for Applications from states interested in participating in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Kevin Concannon, the USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, announced […]

USDA Evaluates Environmental Impacts of 2014 Farm Bill Implementation Choices for the Conservation Reserve Program

July 18, 2014

On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) released its Draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  The draft SPEIS seeks to assess the ways in which changes made to CRP in the 2014 Farm Bill will impact vegetation, wildlife, protected species, soils, surface […]

New Report Finds that Wetland and Grassland Destruction is Common

July 3, 2014

On Tuesday, July 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a new report on the status of wetland and grassland loss in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the upper Midwest and Plains States. Wetlands The report finds that between 1997 and 2009, net wetland acreage declined by roughly 6,200 acres per year.  […]

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Solutions to Climate Change Effects

June 25, 2014

On June 25, the one-year anniversary of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) announced the availability of a document that articulates principles and recommendations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to consider as it implements conservation programs under the 2014 Farm Bill that address the […]

House Committee Votes to Undermine Farmer Rights

May 29, 2014

House Appropriations Committee fails to remove the anti-farmer provision that limits USDA’s ability to ensure fair and transparent markets for contract livestock producers

USDA Announces Funding for New Conservation Partnership Program

May 27, 2014

Partnership opportunities available for organizations and farmers through the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program

House Subcommittee Passes 2015 Agriculture Funding Bill

May 20, 2014

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund USDA and FDA programs in 2015

Local and Regional Food Marketing Funding Available

May 9, 2014

Apply now! $30 million in grants are available for local and regional food marketing projects

Secretary Vilsack Provides Update on Farm Bill Implementation to Senate Committee

May 8, 2014

On May 7, 2014 the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) progress in implementing the 2014 Farm Bill.  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was the sole witness.  He again stressed that the agency is working as swiftly as possible to roll out key farm bill programs.  […]

Funding Available for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

May 6, 2014

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of grants and guaranteed loans for eligible farms and other rural businesses under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2014.  Applicants can also apply for a combination grant and guaranteed loan. Under this Notice of Funding […]

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