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Request for Applications Announced – Risk Management Outreach Assistance for Underserved Farmers

December 15, 2008

Today, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, operating through the Risk Management Agency (RMA), issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program. $3.4 million is available for collaborative outreach, assistance, and training on risk management solutions for socially disadvantaged, limited resource, or traditionally underserved farmers and ranchers who produce priority […]

Weekly Update – December 12, 2008

December 15, 2008

THIS WEEK SAC Members Meet in Memphis! This week SAC members and staff congregated at the St. Columba Retreat Center outside of Memphis to strategize our work with the new Obama Administration, set priorities for the FY 2010 appropriations campaign, and consider future legislative and grassroots advocacy work on new issues such as climate change, […]

Weekly Update – December 5, 2008

December 7, 2008

THIS WEEK Ag Appropriations and Stimulus Bill Timing Problem: As we have often reported, the appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2009 got stuck this summer and has remained stuck through the start of the fiscal year on October 1. Now two months into the fiscal year, the process is beginning to move again. Though the […]

“Notes from the Field”- Raising Heritage Turkeys With the Help of SARE

December 1, 2008

Jacob Cowgill is a young farmer from Montana. He has spent the past two seasons experimenting with dryland vegetable production in north-central Montana. He and his new bride are planning to start their own farm very soon. For more information about the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, visit the SARE website. A couple […]

Obama’s USDA Transition Team Announced

November 21, 2008

USDA Transition Team Announced: Early this week the headquarters of President-elect Obama’s Transition Team announced the members of the Agriculture Transition Team: Agriculture Transition Team Co-chairs: Carole Jett – most recently served as deputy chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at USDA where she also served as the agency’s Farm Bill Coordinator. Jett […]

Weekly Update – November 14, 2008

November 17, 2008

URGENT ACTION NEEDED Tell Congress to Support Emergency Funding for WIC, Rural Development, and Farm Credit in the Stimulus Bill! On Monday, November 17, the lame duck session of Congress will convene. During the short window of time they have left in Washington D.C., Members of Congress may take up a new economic stimulus bill. […]

“Notes from the Field” – Conservation Stewardship Program Field Day in Wisconsin

November 10, 2008

This is the first in a series of posts “Notes from the Field” written by staff of SAC member organizations or farmers about how the federal sustainable agriculture programs that SAC fights for and wins make a difference on the ground. This past August, Katie Wied received a M.A. in Sustainable Development with an emphasis […]

Weekly Update – November 7, 2008

November 7, 2008

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Presidential Transition Team Project: The Presidential Elections are over! Now is the time to prepare for the Obama Administration so that our key agricultural issues are considered and acted upon in the first term. SAC is taking the lead in putting together a briefing book with a set of recommendations and key policy […]

Transition Team Project: Transforming Rural Development in the Obama Administration

November 6, 2008

The following is the first in a series of posts about potential policy recommendations for the Obama Administration to act upon during its first year. These policy recommendation ideas are born out of SAC members’ extensive on-the-ground experience with what is and is not working in American agriculture and federal farm policy. In December SAC […]

Election Results – What it Means for Agriculture Committees

November 5, 2008

With the elections now over, we’re turning our attention to recommendations for the new Administration. Over the next several weeks we’ll feature some of the ideas that are percolating within SAC’s membership about recommendations—part of SAC’s Presidential Transition Team Project. Before we kick that off, however, here’s a quick analysis of the impact of election […]

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