Farm Bill

Congress Holds Hearings on Farm Bill and USDA Funding

March 3, 2015

Last week, the House Subcommittee on Agriculture Appropriations held three hearings to examine the Obama Administration’s budget requests for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The House and Senate Agriculture Committees also held hearings. The House Committee held two hearings on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), while the Senate Committee held a hearing to examine the […]

Community Food Project Funding Now Available

February 17, 2015

Approximately $9 million will be available for this funding cycle. Applications are due 5:00pm EST on March 17, 2015.

House and Senate Bills Would Eliminate Harvest Price Option Subsidy

February 13, 2015

On Thursday February 12, Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) teamed with Representative John Duncan (R-TN) to introduce legislation in both the Senate (S.463) and House (H.R.892) to eliminate the subsidy for the Harvest Price Option (HPO) within the federal crop insurance program. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that this legislation, if […]

A Closer Look at the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program in 2014

February 12, 2015

In early September of 2014, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that it had awarded $328 million for 380 wetland, grassland, and farmland conservation easements covering 129,000 acres in the first year of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). At that time, NRCS did not have additional information on the types of easements that […]

Farm and Conservation Organizations Speak Out on Conservation Program Rules

February 11, 2015

Sixty farm and conservation organizations including many NSAC member and partner organizations joined in a letter to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recommending several changes to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to increase EQIP’s ability to improve sustainability, optimize the program’s cost-effectiveness, better serve organic farmers, and support a shift toward more […]

Got local food? A new report highlights trends

February 5, 2015

On Thursday, January 29, the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress. Written at the request of Congress as part of the FY 2014 agricultural appropriations bill, the report provides an overview and analysis of the growth, […]

Local Food Grant Application Assistance Workshops

February 5, 2015

Interested in applying for federal funding to develop, improve, or expand a farmers market, community supported agriculture (CSA), other direct-to-consumer marketing outlet, or a local and regional food enterprise like a food hub, distributor, aggregator, processor, wholesaler, or shared-use kitchen? Not sure how to get your application started or feeling stuck in the application process? […]

Got CSP Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

February 3, 2015

The deadline for farmers and ranchers to sign-up for CSP has been extended by USDA until March 13.

Sign up now for the Conservation Stewardship Program for 2015

January 29, 2015

Interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program? Submit your application by February 27.

USDA Announces $370 Million in Conservation Partnership Awards

January 14, 2015

Secretary Tom Vilsack announces awards for the recently created Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

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