Sustainable Farming in the South: NSAC Members Gather in Georgia

January 30, 2015

Earlier this week, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) held its bi-annual meeting on Jekyll Island in Southeastern Georgia. Representatives of NSAC’s member organizations convened to discuss and set NSAC priorities for 2015, plan grassroots actions for the year, and engage on sustainable agriculture issues with other advocates from around the country. Georgia Organics, a […]

NSAC Adopts Immigration Reform Principles

May 10, 2013

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition this week adopted a statement of NSAC Principles for Immigration Reform and Agriculture.  NSAC and its member groups recognize the importance of agricultural workers to the food system.  We are encouraged that both chambers of Congress are pursuing immigration reform.  In some major respects, however, the proposals put forth so […]

USDA Announces Awards Targeted at Socially Disadvantaged Producers

August 17, 2012

On Wednesday, August 8th, USDA announced $19 million in grants that will support outreach and technical assistance projects aimed at socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, including Hispanic, tribal, African-American, and women producers.  These grants were awarded through USDA’s Outreach and Technical Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Outreach […]

FSA Increases Flexibility for Loans to Beginning Farmers

March 9, 2012

Earlier this month, FSA announced several revisions to its program handbook to increase flexibility and broaden the scope of “farm management experience” a borrower is required to have before being eligible for a federal loan.  This experience requirement is in place in order to assure that an applicant has sufficient managerial ability that will convey […]

Addressing Equity and Fairness in the 2012 Farm Bill

February 17, 2012

On February 1st and 2nd, NSAC was one of 30 farm, food security, and environmental groups that participated in a two day summit held in Washington, D.C. to exchange policy ideas about the farm bill.  The primary goal of the summit was to identify specific areas of collaboration to move forward collectively in the 2012 Farm […]

Office of Advocacy and Outreach Launches New Website!

January 27, 2012

This week, USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach launched their website located at The Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) was established in the 2008 Farm Bill in order to increase access to USDA programs and to improve the viability and profitability of small farms and ranches, beginning farmers and ranchers, and socially disadvantaged farmers […]

USDA Request for Comment on Agricultural Career and Employment Grants Program

November 8, 2011

Today, Tuesday November 8, USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) released a request for comments on an interim rule regarding the Agricultural Career and Employment (ACE) Grants Program.  The ACE grants program is intended to improve the supply of skilled agricultural workers and bring greater stability to the workforce in this sector.  The purpose […]


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