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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.

Farm Bill Changes to Farm Loan Programs Go Final

December 31, 2014

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has posted a final rule codifying a variety of changes to the farm loan programs as directed by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Several of the rule changes were championed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Tim Walz (D-MN), the lead congressional sponsors […]

Farm and Rural Small Business Energy Grant Deadlines Announced

December 30, 2014

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a farm bill energy title program, is open for applicants at any time, but application cut-off dates are announced annually.  For 2015, the dates range from February through June, as detailed below and in the Federal Register of December 28, 2014. REAP provides two types of funding assistance […]

USDA Releases Final Environmental Impact Analysis of 2014 Farm Bill Changes to CRP

December 23, 2014

On Tuesday, December 23, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) published a Final Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) examining the changes made to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through the 2014 Farm Bill. FSA will accept public comments on the final SPEIS through February 15, 2015. NSAC submitted comments on the Draft […]

USDA Extends Comment Period for Conservation Stewardship Program Rules

December 22, 2014

On Tuesday, December 23, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the comment period on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Interim Final Rule until January 20.  The original 60-day comment period was scheduled to close on January 5, 2015; however, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) concluded that more time is needed “to ensure that the […]

Top 14 of 2014: A Look at This Year’s Key Victories for Sustainable Food and Farming

December 22, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we thought we would take a moment to recognize and celebrate this year’s victories for sustainable food and farming. Among the successes? From new or restored farm bill programs that are up and running, important progress on our campaign priorities, hill visits and hearings, and the release of our […]

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, […]

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