General Interest

The (Un)Coordinated Framework of GE Regulations

November 30, 2015

Those tuned into the biotechnology regulatory landscape will have noticed quite a few changes and announcements from the federal government lately. Several agencies have been asking for public comments, announcing proposed rules, releasing guidance, and taking other actions related to biotechnology, or genetic engineering (“GE”). The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health […]

New Scorecard Reveals Legislators’ Stance on Good Food Policy Issues

November 17, 2015

A new report was released today that scores federal legislators on food policy issues. The National Food Policy Score Scorecard: 2015 Progress Report, was compiled by the D.C.-based non-profit organization, Food Policy Action, which was launched in 2012 as a collaborative effort to hold legislators accountable for their votes that impact the food system. Introducing the […]

RELEASE: NSAC Comments on Produce Rule

November 13, 2015

FDA released the much-anticipated final rule detailing preventive standards for farms that grow, harvest, pack, or hold covered produce for human consumption.

Guest Post: Touring Sustainable WA Farms with Representative Newhouse’s Staff and Tilth Producers

October 12, 2015

We’re pleased to share this piece from NSAC member organization Tilth Producers of Washington, written by Ariana Taylor-Stanley. It was originally published on Tilth Producers of Washington’s blog and has been reposted with permission. Congress on the Farm While Congress was on August recess, Tilth Producers hosted Kyle Kunkler, DC Agriculture Staffer for Congressman Dan Newhouse, for […]

Shutdown or No Shutdown: What Does it All Mean for Agriculture?

September 25, 2015

As Congress begins to recover from Pope Francis’ visit to the Capitol and process Leader Boehner’s (R-OH) announcement that he will leave Congress in October, it will once again be facing the task of how to fund the government and prevent a shutdown with only days left before the end of the fiscal year.

What We Can Learn from the 2014 Organic Production Survey

September 22, 2015

Last week the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of the 2014 Organic Production Survey. This is the first comprehensive survey of the organic industry since 2008.

Bringing the Farm to the Kids in Georgia

September 16, 2015

“We can’t always get the kids to the farm, but we can bring the farm to the kids!” — Cleta Long, Nutrition Director, Bibb County School District From school gardens to farmer talks, more and more students in Georgia are learning where food comes from in school classrooms and cafeterias. The luckiest even get to […]

To Till and to Keep: Towards a New Agriculture

August 21, 2015

Guest Blog by Robert Gronski, Policy Coordinator for Catholic Rural Life and a long-time NSAC member and contributor After the release of Laudato Si: On Care of Our Common Home earlier this summer, Pope Francis has said on occasion that this is a social encyclical, not an ecological one. I believe it can also be […]

NSAC Members, Farmers Meet in Iowa

August 13, 2015

Last week, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) held our bi-annual meeting in Iowa City, Iowa.  Representatives of NSAC member organizations, including farmers, convened to review coalition priorities, plan for next steps, and reconnect and engage with fellow members.  The meeting was hosted by two NSAC member organizations located in Iowa: Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Women, […]

Ready or Not, Here Comes FSMA! – Part 1

July 27, 2015

All eyes are on Washington as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prepares to publish final food safety requirements for produce farms and food processing facilities this fall. These rules are just a few of the many new requirements that FDA will be finalizing in the coming months as part of the Food Safety Modernization […]

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