General Interest

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives Program Connects Low-Income Families with Healthy Options

October 21, 2016

Every family needs and deserves access to fresh, healthy foods, but for far too many Americans a healthy meal made from fresh ingredients seems like just a dream. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was designed to help assist lower-income families with food purchases, but because benefit levels are low, purchasing fresh, local produce remains […]

National Food Policy Scorecard Measures Congress’ Performance on Major Food Issues

October 17, 2016

Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) released its 2016 National Food Policy Scorecard (“Scorecard”), a unique and interactive tool to help the public understand how Congress members have performed (or underperformed) on food-related policy issues. FPA is a non-profit organization headed by co-founders Ken Cook (also of the Environmental Working Group) and Chef Tom Colicchio, which […]

Clear and consistent food safety standards could benefit people and the environment

October 6, 2016

Editor’s Note: This article is a guest blog by the following researchers from the University of California Berkeley and The Nature Conservancy: Patrick Baur, PhD Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California at Berkeley; Laura Driscoll, PhD Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California at Berkeley; Sasha Gennet, Senior Scientist, The Nature Conservancy. Food safety […]


September 23, 2016

The ever-evolving biotechnology sector continues to be an important topic among farmers and consumers, and business and the government. However, the process has been criticized for being convoluted and uncoordinated in its nature, with unclear boundaries of where each federal agencies’ jurisdiction lies, and how stakeholder input is obtained and utilized across agency functions. In […]

Organic Acreage Increase, But!

September 20, 2016

Organic acreage has increased 20 percent from 2014 to 2015, reaching about 4.4 million acres. A closer look at the 2015 Organic Production Survey reveals that virtually all of the increase of 691,289 acres can be attributed to a single organic operation becoming certified in September 2015. Due to the addition of this large livestock […]

First Opportunity for Public Input on GMO Labeling Law Implementation

September 6, 2016

In late July, President Obama signed into law Congress’ much contested GMO Labeling law, creating a mandatory disclosure requirement for “bioengineered” foods and directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to carry out the requirement. Now that the law has been finalized, the long process of rulemaking and implementation begins. […]

Conservation Stewardship Program ‘Reinvention’: What to look for in the upcoming overhaul

August 29, 2016

    Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Ferd Hoefner of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and published as an opinion piece in Agri-Pulse on August 29, 2016. The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) offers technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to maintain high standards of resource conservation and environmental stewardship […]

NSAC Members Meet in Maine

August 26, 2016

On August 7, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) gathered in Orono, Maine for our annual summer meeting. Advocates and farmers representing over 100 NSAC member organizations convened to evaluate our policy priorities, learn more about New England’s agricultural economy, strengthen the structure and voice of our coalition, and plan for the 2018 Farm Bill. The […]

GMO Labeling Bill Becomes Law: Now What?

August 4, 2016

As you have likely heard by now, on Friday, July 29, 2016 President Obama signed into law the GMO Labeling bill recently passed by Congress. This law preempts Vermont’s first-of-its-kind GMO Labeling law, which had just gone into effect on July 1, and authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a mandatory disclosure […]

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 […]

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