General Interest


Organic Farming… Before It Was Cool

January 23, 2015

Looking to transition to organic farming? Curious which cover crops will work in your region? Look no further than PubAg, the National Agricultural Library’s (NAL) newest search engine. This month, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has unveiled this free search engine tool for USDA and peer reviewed agriculture-related research publications. Their digital collection features 40,000 full-text articles from […]

Top 14 of 2014: A Look at This Year’s Key Victories for Sustainable Food and Farming

December 22, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we thought we would take a moment to recognize and celebrate this year’s victories for sustainable food and farming. Among the successes? From new or restored farm bill programs that are up and running, important progress on our campaign priorities, hill visits and hearings, and the release of our […]

Sustainable Food Funders Discuss Critical Issues with Policymakers

December 19, 2014

Last week, the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders met in Washington, DC for their inaugural annual policy briefing, this year bearing the title “Building Power from Kitchen Tables to Capitol Hill.” The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) is an international network of nearly 100 grantmakers that works to foster communication, shared learning, […]

Release: NSAC Comments on FDA’s Revised Draft Food Safety Rules

December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014, Washington, DC – The public comment period on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) supplemental proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) closes today. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and its member organizations led a national effort to analyze and comment on the revised proposed rules so that […]

House Holds Hearing on Bill To Block State GE Labeling Laws

December 11, 2014

Washington saw an active week on the genetically engineered (GE) crops front, as GE labeling proponents and activists flooded a Wednesday morning hearing on a controversial labeling bill. Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee heard testimony from six witnesses in a two-panel hearing on legislation introduced by Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) earlier […]

Top Sustainable Agriculture Programs Explained in New Farm Bill Guide!

November 21, 2014

Those looking for an accessible rundown on federal sustainable farming and food systems programs have a new, printed resource available to them!  The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) recently published a comprehensive printed guide to federal sustainable agriculture, forestry, entrepreneurship, conservation, food systems, and community development programs.  NSAC, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and USDA’s Sustainable […]

New Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs Helps Distill Farm Bill Resources

November 10, 2014

NSAC’s Grassroots Guide to the Federal Farm and Food Programs is a free, digital resource to help build a more sustainable farm and food future.

Election Results Will Influence Farm Policy Leadership in Congress

November 7, 2014

This week’s Republican wave election, combined with congressional retirements and term limits, will shake up the leadership of key congressional committees for food and agriculture.  Here is the brief rundown. Senate Agriculture: With the Republican takeover of the Senate, it is highly likely that Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), the current Ranking Member of the Senate […]

Press Release: New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Policy Aims for Diversified Farms

November 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Paul Wolfe, (202) 547-5754, pwolfe@sustainableagriculture.net New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Policy Aims for Diversified Farms November 6, 2014, Washington, DC – Diversified farmers will now have access to a improved crop insurance option with USDA’s release today of the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance policy.  This will be the first […]

USDA Rolls Out New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Policy

November 6, 2014

Whole Farm Revenue Protection allows farmers to insure all their crops, livestock, and nursery and greenhouse crops under one policy

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