General Interest


Democratic Platform Pledges Support for Beginning Farmers, Local Food Systems

July 25, 2016

Editor’s note: Our analysis of the Republican National Platform can be found here. Given the fairly detailed agricultural “factsheet” put out by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in August of 2015, it would have been reasonable to expect an even more comprehensive agricultural policy position would be laid out in the Democratic National Platform. When the […]

Guest Post: From Cover Crops to High Tunnels

July 22, 2016

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), an NSAC member organization. Their post highlights the benefits of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative, which provides financial and technical assistance to support the implementation and installation of conservation practices tailored to organic producers.  Despite the significant benefits that the Organic Initiative can […]

GOP Platform on Agriculture Separates Instead of Unites

July 19, 2016

Editor’s note: Our analysis of the Democratic National Platform can be found here.  With the din of the national election cycle swelling to deafening levels, we might expect federal agricultural policy to get lost in all the noise. In fact, however, positions on agricultural issues have already been outlined both by the candidates and their respective […]

Farmers Have Last Word Before Long Congressional Recess

July 15, 2016

Over the last few days, farmers from across the country have come to Washington to speak with their Senators and Representatives about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that help them employ conservation measures on their farms, create business and financial plans, and much more. With Congress set to leave town today for a […]

GMO Labeling Bill Heads to the President’s Desk

July 14, 2016

The tug-of-war over GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling is nearly over as this week Congress has finally agreed upon and sent a bill to the President’s desk. On Thursday July 14, 2016, the House of Representatives passed, by a 306-117 margin, the GMO labeling bill (S. 764) crafted by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts […]

GMO Labeling Legislation Clears Another Hurdle

July 8, 2016

For months, the Senate has struggled to reach agreement on a “GMO labeling bill”, which would determine if and how genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are marked on food packaging. The pressure became especially intense as legislators worked to beat pending mandatory GMO labeling legislation in Vermont, which officially became effective July 1, 2016. After defeating a weak version of […]

GMO Labeling Compromise Passes Preliminary Vote

June 30, 2016

The ongoing legislative battle around the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has reached a turning point. Despite serious concerns about confusing, inconsistent language and potential loopholes that would limit the bill’s scope being raised in a June 27 Food and Drug Administration’s Technical Assistance document prepared for Congress, a GMO […]

Key Senators Reach Deal on GMO Labeling

June 24, 2016

Despite what feels like endless “controversy”, national polls have overwhelmingly shown that the vast majority of American consumers want the use of genetically engineered or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) noted on their food labels. Last year, however, the House of Representatives chose to disregard the overwhelming support for GE/GMO labeling and passed a bill to […]

Comprehensive verification toolkit is needed domestically, too

June 14, 2016

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared as an Op-Ed piece in Food Safety News (FSN) on June 11, 2016. The piece was written by NSAC Policy Staffer, Sophia Kruszewski in response to a June 6, 2016 piece by FSN Editor, Dan Flynn.  Dan Flynn’s June 6 article in Food Safety News, “Third-party auditor certification: Not the only tool […]

USDA Finds Rising Income Inequality Is Main Driver of Increasing Rural Child Poverty

May 26, 2016

Nearly a decade after the 2007 recession, the U.S. economy continues to move steadily toward recovery; unemployment has been cut in half (down to 5 percent), and average family incomes have increased 6 percent in just the last two years. By now the slow but rising tide of economic improvement has touched most corners of the […]

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