General Interest

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.

Release: Time to Apply for Local Farm and Food Grants and Loan Guarantees

May 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eugene Kim, Greg Fogel, or Ferd Hoefner – 202-547-5754 May 8, 2014, Washington, DC – Today, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced changes to two initiatives from the 2014 Farm Bill to support local and regional farm and food systems. Projects to benefit from the changes include direct-to-consumer marketing outlets such […]

Welcome to NSAC’s New Website!

April 15, 2014

NSAC’s website has a new look! There’s more coming soon, too.

New England Food Policy Report Released

March 21, 2014

The American Farmland Trust, Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) have released a new report New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System to advance innovative public policies that support a sustainable food and farming system in New England. New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System guides […]

Guest Blog: New report shows food buyers how regional hubs work

March 13, 2014

Editor’s Note: We want to thank John Fisk, from NSAC member the Wallace Center, for his contribution.  Dr. Fisk is the director of the Wallace Center at Winrock International.  He is also a founding board member of the National Food Routes Network, an editorial board member of the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, and an active member […]

Spring 2014 National Organic Standards Board Meeting Announced

March 11, 2014

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced its next National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting set for April 29-May 2, 2014, in San Antonio, TX.  The meeting is open to the public, and interested parties can submit comments prior to the meeting. The NOSB meets twice annually to discuss allowed and prohibited substances in organic production, […]

Release: NSAC Applauds USDA Efforts to Aid Mid-Scale Farms and Regional Agriculture

March 10, 2014

For Immediate Release March 10, 2014, Washington, DC – Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced several initiatives to assist small and mid-scale farms and local and regional agriculture. Among the highlights were two initiatives — changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan program and the creation of Whole Farm Diversified Risk Management revenue insurance […]

NSAC Submits Coexistence Comments to USDA

March 5, 2014

Yesterday, NSAC submitted comments to USDA in response to a request for information about how farmers who raise genetically engineered (GE) crops and those who don’t can better coexist as neighbors.  NSAC’s was one of the over 4,000 comments that were submitted on the topic by yesterday’s deadline. The challenges associated with coexistence have significant […]

USDA Releases Updated “Food Environment Atlas”

February 28, 2014

Last week, the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) released an updated and expanded Food Environment Atlas, with 2012 data for many variables and 2013 data for farmers’ markets.  New variables include SNAP policy variables, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), very low household food security, and 2012 State-level obesity rates. The Food Environment Atlas […]

FDA Talks to Congress about FSMA Implementation

February 7, 2014

This week, two events took place on the Hill focused on the ongoing implementation process of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Mike Taylor, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, who is leading the implementation of FSMA, served as the primary FDA representative at both events. Briefing on […]

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