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House Agriculture Sends Budget Letter

March 15, 2011

On Tuesday, March 15, the House Committee on Agriculture adopted a letter to the House Committee on the Budget containing recommendations for the fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget cycle.  The Agriculture Committee’s recommendations focus on (1) oversight of regulations affecting jobs and the economies of rural communities, and (2) preparations for the 2012 farm bill. […]

USDA to Hold Resource Conservation Act Report Round Tables

March 7, 2011

USDA is getting ready to submit to Congress a national appraisal of the status of soil, water, and related natural resources on non-Federal land.  The appraisal is part of USDA’s implementation of the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act (RCA), which authorizes USDA to assess the status of the country’s natural resources, evaluate current policies […]

House Holds Two Hearings on Agriculture Appropriations

March 2, 2011

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held two hearings with top officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). On Tuesday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, along with Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, Chief Economist Joe Glauber, and USDA Budget […]

GAO Report Highlights Potential Ethanol, Commodity Program Budget Cuts

March 2, 2011

On Tuesday, March 1, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its first annual report to Congress in response to a new statutory requirement to identify federal programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives, either within departments or government wide, which have duplicative goals or activities. The objectives of the report are to: (1) identify federal programs […]

Over 185 Groups Urge Congress to Oppose H.R. 1 Cuts to Sustainable Agriculture

March 1, 2011

On Tuesday, March 1, NSAC delivered two letters to Senate offices in opposition to the sustainable agriculture cuts contained in H.R. 1, the House-passed Continuing Resolution (CR).  The first letter was signed by 154 grassroots organizations from throughout the country, while the second letter was signed by 35 national conservation organizations. The common thread, running […]

Take Action: Oppose Reckless Spending Cuts

February 22, 2011

 Call Your Senators       In the early hours of Saturday, February 19, the House of Representatives approved a government funding bill that would slash more than $60 billion from the federal budget for the last half of fiscal year 2011.  The bill (H.R. 1) unfairly targets programs that serve sustainable and organic farmers.  It makes steep […]

House Approves $60 Billion in Budget Cuts

February 21, 2011

In the early hours of Saturday, February 19, the House of Representatives approved on a near party-line 235-189 vote the government funding bill for the last half of fiscal year 2011.  The bill, H.R. 1, would slash roughly $60 billion from the federal budget relative to fiscal year 2010 spending.  Three Republicans voted against the […]

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to Support Conservation and Working Lands

February 18, 2011

On February 16, 2011, President Obama released a report outlining the Administration’s plan to enhance conservation of public and private lands through the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative.  The AGO Initiative is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture (USDA ), Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and White House Council on […]

Obama USDA Budget Proposal a Mixed Bag

February 15, 2011

On Monday, February 14, President Obama submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.  For sustainable agriculture interests, the budget proposal is a mixed bag, with big cuts to farm bill conservation programs, though mostly good news on discretionary spending accounts. Mandatory Farm Bill Spending President Obama’s proposed budget calls for deep, […]

House GOP Funding Proposal Would Cut NSAC Priority Programs

February 12, 2011

Post updated 2/15/11 Following a revolt by some of their rank and file on Thursday, House Republican leaders on Friday night released their draft bill to cut government funding for the remainder of the fiscal year that end September 3 by a significantly larger amount then they planned for earlier in the week.  The bill […]

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