Farm Bill


No Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Letter Yet

October 15, 2011

The October 14 deadline for the authorizing committees of Congress to send their deficit reduction recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (often referred to as the Super Committee) has passed without a letter from the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.  Word from the House and Senate Committees with jurisdiction over the farm […]

Agriculture Spending Coming Into Focus in Next Few Days

October 13, 2011

The Senate may begin consideration of the agricultural appropriations bill on the floor today, even while the House and Senate authorizing committee readies their letter, due tomorrow, to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction detailing proposed cuts to farm bill mandatory spending. According to published reports, the size of the proposed 10-year cut to […]

Conservation Ranks High in Public Survey of Farm Bill Priorities

October 6, 2011

In a recently released survey of public opinion on agriculture and the environment, the majority of people surveyed approved of priorities that are in line with the NSAC agenda for the next Farm Bill and for federal funding for agriculture.  The survey was the third annual survey on behalf of The David and Lucille Packard […]

You watched it, passed it on, now you can take action!

September 30, 2011

Thanks to all of you that watched the beginning farmer and rancher video below and shared it through your social networks! The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011 will be introduced in Congress next week! This is our chance to ensure food security for future generations and new farming enterprises that can bring […]

USDA Announces 2011 Beginning Farmer Awards and 2012 Request for Applications

September 30, 2011

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition For Immediate Release September 30, 2011 Contact: Ferd Hoefner, Juli Obudzinski, 202-547-5754 USDA Awards $18 Million to Support Beginning Farmers Washington, D.C. September 30, 2011 – Today, USDA announced $18 million in grants to beginning farmers and ranchers at a press conference held in Washington, D.C.  USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan […]

Farm Bill – Regional Food System Webinar

September 29, 2011

by Margaret Krome Sign up to participate in a webinar on Monday afternoon, October 10, entitled, “What You Need to Know about the Farm Bill—Important Updates and Information Related to Community and Regional Food Systems.” Join us on Monday, October 10, 4:00 Eastern, 3:00 Central, 2:00 Mountain, and 1:00 Pacific time zones.  Space is limited, so please email fooddaywi@gmail.com […]

56 Groups Release Conservation Principles to Guide Farm Bill Debate

September 29, 2011

On Wednesday, September 28, a national coalition of 56 policy and advocacy organizations, including NSAC, released a set of key principles to help guide lawmakers as they write the Conservation Title of the 2012 farm bill and seek ways to trim the federal deficit. According to the group’s press release, the 56 organizations are asking […]

This is Our Chance – Last Chance

September 29, 2011

Only once every 5 years do you have the opportunity to truly change our food and farm system through the farm bill! The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011 will be introduced in Congress next week – this is our chance to ensure food security for future generations and new farming enterprises that […]

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 […]

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