General Interest


NSAC Joins Twenty-Eight Groups in Supporting Funding for AFRI

September 23, 2014

On Monday September 22, twenty-eight members of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Coalition sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committees thanking them for the increase in funding for AFRI included in each of their Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bills. The letter also requests their continued support […]

Release: FDA’s Revised Draft Food Safety Rules for Farms Responsive to NSAC’s Concerns

September 19, 2014

FDA’s Revised Draft Food Safety Rules for Farms Responsive to NSAC’s Concerns Contact: Sophia Kruszewski, 202-547-5754, skruszewski@sustainableagriculture.net September 19, 2014, Washington, D.C. – Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued revised proposed regulations aimed at ensuring a safe food supply under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  FDA is inviting a new round of […]

New GE Corn and Soybean Varieties Approved

September 18, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approved three new genetically engineered (GE) crops for commercial sale in a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Record of Decision (ROD) published on the agency’s website on Tuesday, September 16. APHIS approved three petitions from Dow AgroSciences to grant nonregulated status to a […]

Pesticides in U.S. Waters Remain High for Both Agriculture and Urban Use

September 15, 2014

A recently published study by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sheds light on how pesticide applications on land are impacting aquatic life in the nation’s rivers and streams.  The study compares pesticide concentrations across two decades to note trends in the temporal and geographic distribution. The study, published in Environmental Science & Technology […]

House Votes to Halt Clean Water Act Rulemaking Process

September 10, 2014

On its second day back in session after a five-week August recess, the House of Representatives voted 262-152 on Tuesday, September 9 to pass H.R. 5078, a bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) from finalizing and implementing the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) […]

Program Roundup — Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program

August 21, 2014

Editor’s Note — Each SARE region operates independently, setting their own policies and priorities. They also solicit proposals and award grants at different times of the year. This is the first in a series of periodic blog posts on the latest happenings in each SARE region as they roll out project solicitations and announce grant […]

Tyson Hillshire Merger Deserves DOJ Scrutiny

July 30, 2014

On July 16, Tyson food, Inc. (Tyson) announced a hostile takeover of Hillshire Brands Co. (Hillshire) with the hope that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would quickly approve the merger. On July 24, NSAC along with 81 other like-minded organizations wrote a letter opposing a quick review and asking for DOJ to undertake a more […]

Q&A on the “Waters of the US” Proposed and Interpretive Rule

July 25, 2014

There has been a lot of attention lately on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as it engages with the farming community on the proposed rule to define “Waters of the U.S.”  The so-called WOTUS rule would define which bodies of water fall under EPA’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction.  In an accompanying post, we provided an update […]

Waters of the US: What’s it all About?

July 25, 2014

Learn about EPA’s proposed water rules and what it means for the farming community

Farmers Speak Out on Critical USDA Programs

June 27, 2014

Farmers and business leaders from around the country met with USDA, OMB, and members of Congress to advocate for USDA programs that support sustainable agriculture.

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