Farm Bill

An Extraordinary Opportunity

September 27, 2011

Who will grow food for future generations? Act now to help launch a new generation of sustainable farmers and ranchers! The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture called attention to a real worry when he asked: “Why not place the nation’s attention on the need for young farmers on the same plane as police officers and teachers? […]

Future of Food, Farming, and the Environment At Stake

September 23, 2011

Photo Credit: NRCS Working together, we have achieved important successes for sustainable agriculture through our advocacy on past food and farm bills. Much could be lost, or gained, now that Congress has established the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the “Super Committee.” The Super Committee is tasked with cutting at least […]

Obama Announces Deficit Reduction Plan

September 23, 2011

On Monday, September 19, President Obama unveiled a new deficit reduction plan that will reduce the deficit by an additional $3 trillion over the course of the next 10 years through a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. You can find the full report, “Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future-The President’s […]

Rural Development Campaign Announces Priorities for 2012 Farm Bill

September 23, 2011

On Thursday, September 22, the Campaign for a Renewed Rural Development released its campaign principles statement regarding the 2012 Farm Bill.  The campaign sent out identical letters to both Senate and House Agriculture Committee members, along with key USDA Rural Development contacts, outlining their recommendations for improving the Farm Bill’s Rural Development Title. NSAC is […]

NSAC Releases Letter to the Super Committee and Farm Bill Budget Views; Comments on Obama Farm Budget Proposals

September 20, 2011

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition For Immediate Release September 20, 2011 Contact: Ferd Hoefner 202-547-5754 NSAC Releases Letter to the Super Committee and Farm Bill Budget Views; Comments on Obama Farm Budget Proposals Washington, D.C. September 20, 2011 — The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition urged the congressional deficit reduction or super committee today to take a […]

Appropriations and Deficit Reduction Move Forward Together

September 16, 2011

House Continuing Resolution With the end of the fiscal year approaching quickly, Republicans in the House of Representatives intend to vote next week on a two-month “continuing resolution” (CR) to keep the government funded through November 18. Congress has yet to pass any of the twelve appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2012, which begins […]

Senate Agriculture Spending Bill Unveiled

September 9, 2011

On Wednesday, September 7, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its fiscal year (FY) 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill by voice vote. The Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee received an overall allocation of $19.78 billion for discretionary spending in FY 2012, translating to a $192 million reduction below the already low FY 2011 levels.  The House bill passed earlier […]

2011 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program

September 8, 2011

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) is now accepting State applications for 2012.  States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, are eligible to apply for the program funds. Participating States will then accept applications from organic producers and handlers who need financial assistance for organic certification.  The cost-share program will reimburse up […]

Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill Markup Set for September 7

September 2, 2011

Congress returns to Washington, DC on Tuesday with two major funding activities ahead — the deficit reduction “super committee” process and FY 2012 appropriations.  The former has enormous consequences for the farm bill and the latter for the farm bill and for food, rural and agricultural spending for the coming year. Deficit Reduction Committee One […]

New USDA Report Highlights Successes of the Wetlands Reserve Program

August 23, 2011

On Monday, August 22, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released a new publication highlighting the success of the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) over its 20-year history. The Wetlands Reserve Program According to the report, more than half of all wetland acres in the continental United States have been lost.  In some states, this number […]

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