Food Safety


A Breakdown of the Senate’s Annual Food and Farm Spending Bill

May 20, 2016

Each year, Congress debates and makes key decisions about federal funding priorities for all government agencies, programs, and initiatives – including programs and resources that support our nation’s farmers and ranchers. This week marks an important step in that process (known as appropriations), as the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the U.S. […]

Upcoming Deadlines for Federal Food and Farm Programs

May 16, 2016

Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the season for federal program deadlines. In our ongoing effort to keep readers appraised of upcoming opportunities, we are issuing a revised list of program application information. As warmer weather settles in, farmers are busy planting crops, livestock are grazing on pasture, and farmers markets across the country are once again full […]

Give NSAC the Scoop on Your On-Farm Manure Usage

April 22, 2016

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and our members are surveying produce farmers to better understand how they use and apply untreated or raw manure on their farms. Between now and June 3, 2016, we are collecting anonymous information to develop comments for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to aid in their development of […]

$5 Million Available for Farmer Food Safety Training Projects

April 18, 2016

Following recently finalized federal food safety requirements for produce farmers and food processors, there

GroupGAP Offers Affordable Certification Option for Small and Mid-sized Farms

April 5, 2016

GAP (short for “good agricultural practices) certification is a USDA audit program

More Funding Available for Fruits and Veggies through Specialty Crop Grant

March 11, 2016

The term “specialty crop” is a bit of a misnomer. A specialty crop is not some kind of exotic plant, not an obscure herb or flower, specialty crops are quite simply the fruits and vegetables that are (or should be) a staple of most diets. Even though specialty crops consist of some of the healthiest […]

FDA Requests Information on Manure Use

March 4, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the first opportunity for the public to weigh in on their approach to assessing the risks posed by raw manure used in growing produce. According to the FDA: The risk assessment will consider pathogen survival and growth under different agricultural and ecological conditions (e.g., soil types, […]

Do FDA’s New Food Safety Rules Apply to Your Farm or Food Business?

February 22, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently finalized two new food safety rules under the FSMA

New USDA Ruling Protects Contract Poultry Growers

February 9, 2016

During the peak of the Avian Flu (also known as “bird flu) outbreak in 2015, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) wrote about the problems with USDA rules that placed the burden for certain losses on contract growers, paying indemnities only to the integrators (companies that own but don’t raise the animals). At the time, […]

Direct Marketing and Local Food the Focus of House Agriculture Committee Hearing

February 3, 2016

Farmers, ranchers, and advocates from across the country gathered yesterday, February 2, 2016, to speak with members of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research about their experiences in direct farmer to consumer marketing, farm to institution marketing, and other local food strategies. The subcommittee convened six expert witnesses, with support from […]

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