Farm Bill


Strategic Economic and Community Development Rule – Open for Comment!

May 20, 2015

On Tuesday, May 19, the US Department of Agriculture published an interim rule on the Strategic Economic and Community Development program under Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This rule, which goes into effect on June 19, sets aside up to 10 percent of funds appropriated to a handful of Rural Development (RD) programs to focus some […]

Organic Certification Cost Share Now Available for 2015

May 15, 2015

On Thursday, May 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of approximately $11.9 million in funding for organic certification cost-share assistance for organic producers and handlers through state departments of agriculture. Payments for certification-related expenses incurred from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015 can cover up to 75 percent of an individual […]

USDA Now Accepting Applications for Value-Added Producer Grants

May 8, 2015

NSAC has released an updated version of its Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding. Individual and groups of producers, as well as farmer coops and producer-controlled businesses, are eligible to apply for these grants, which help to increase income and marketing opportunities for America’s farmers and ranchers, along with fishermen, loggers, and other harvesters of agricultural commodities.

Briefing Spotlights Local Food, Farmer Livelihoods, Community Development, and Healthy Food Access

May 6, 2015

On Tuesday, May 5th, a Congressional briefing organized by the Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative (FAPC)* highlighted federal programs to support local and regional food and farming, economic development, improved health outcomes, and access to good food. The briefing was part of a successful and growing partnership of FAPC members, linking federal policy with place-based outcomes and […]

130 Organizations Deliver Letter Opposing Cuts to Conservation

May 5, 2015

On Tuesday, May 5, more than 130 organizations from around the country urged the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees to oppose cuts to farm bill conservation funding in fiscal year (FY) 2016 appropriations legislation. The letter was sent by a broad range of groups, including the American Seed Trade Association, National Farmers Union, American Society […]

2016 Budget Resolution and Appropriations in Process

April 24, 2015

The House and Senate passed their respective versions of the annual budget resolution at the end of March, leading to expectations that a final version might be hashed out by close to the statutory target date of April 15. Though missing that deadline, the negotiations between House and Senate Budget Committee GOP leadership are now […]

Senators Speak Up for Conservation Funding in 2016

March 30, 2015

On Friday, March 27, 29 Senators delivered a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee urging them to oppose cuts to conservation programs in fiscal year (FY) 2016 appropriations legislation. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) led the letter. Among the many other signers was Senate Agriculture Committee […]

Budget Resolutions Set Stage for Appropriations; Farm Bill Re-Opening Still a Possibility

March 27, 2015

This week the House and Senate both passed their respective budget resolutions for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The House passed its budget on Wednesday, March 25 while the Senate passed its budget in the wee hours of Friday morning. Budget resolutions provide the blueprint for the appropriations process that will take place in the coming […]

USDA Proposes to Continue Farm Subsidy Abuse

March 25, 2015

The USDA proposed its “actively engaged in farming” rule defining eligibility for commodity subsidies.

House and Senate Budget Committees Advance 2016 Budgets

March 20, 2015

March 20 – This week the House and Senate Budget Committees each passed their Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolutions on party line votes. Each Committee’s resolution will now go to the floor of the House and Senate for consideration. This will likely take place next week with final passage targeted for the end of the […]

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