General Interest


Conservation Stewardship Stories: Leon Sowers

March 23, 2016

This is the final piece in a four-part series chronicling stories from farmers and ranchers who have experienced success with the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The first three stories featured Alabama ranchers Miguel Otero and Cornelius Joe, as well as Stan Armstrong from Indiana. Conservation Stewardship Stories: Leon Sowers Leon Sowers always keeps an eye on the weather, and in […]

Congressional Progress Report on Budget and Agriculture Appropriations

March 18, 2016

Each year, Congress goes through two separate, but related, processes to set funding levels for federal programs. The House and Senate Budget Committees develop budget resolutions that set overall spending caps and establish funding-related policy goals. Shortly thereafter, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees write annual spending bills (known as appropriations bills) to fund the […]

Farmers Fly in to the Capital to Advocate for Sustainable Agriculture

March 18, 2016

Throughout the month of March, farmers, ranchers, and “ag-vocates” from across the country traveled to DC for a series of “farmer fly-ins”, sponsored by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). During the fly-in the groups met with Senators and Representatives from their home states to discuss the benefits of federal sustainable agriculture programs, and to […]

GMO Labeling Preemption Bill Fails Vote in Senate; Debate Expected to Continue

March 17, 2016

The debate over the labeling of foods containing genetically engineered or genetically modified (GMO) ingredients casts a wide net. In addition to the traditional food, agriculture, and business interests you might expect to be involved, the GMO labeling debate has pulled in countless other interest groups, from states’ rights activists to concerned parents. Farmers, consumers, […]

Conservation Stewardship Stories: Stan Armstrong

March 14, 2016

This piece is the third in a four-part series chronicling stories from farmers and ranchers who have experienced success with the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The first two stories featured Miguel Otero and Cornelius Joe, ranchers from Alabama who both found success with CSP. Stan Armstrong is the multi-generational farmer’s multi-generational farmer – he and his family have […]

More Funding Available for Fruits and Veggies through Specialty Crop Grant

March 11, 2016

The term “specialty crop” is a bit of a misnomer. A specialty crop is not some kind of exotic plant, not an obscure herb or flower, specialty crops are quite simply the fruits and vegetables that are (or should be) a staple of most diets. Even though specialty crops consist of some of the healthiest […]

Final Rule Released for Conservation Stewardship Program

March 10, 2016

USDA today released the final rule for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), which makes changes to CSP as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. The release of this final rule follows the publication of the Interim Final Rule (IFR) in November 2014. CSP is a comprehensive working lands conservation program designed to help farmers and […]

New Funding Available for Local and Regional Food Systems

March 10, 2016

APPLICATION DEADLINE is this week – 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 12, 2016 Local and regional food systems are expanding nationwide. These systems create new economic opportunities for small and mid-sized family farmers, increase consumer access to fresh and healthy food, and improve rural livelihoods. Over the past decade, local and regional food systems have […]

USDA Commits $20 Million to Reward Conservation Innovation

March 9, 2016

Every day farmers and ranchers are developing creative ways to conserve the air, water, and soil on their lands.

GMO Labeling Debate Heating Up in Senate

March 2, 2016

The debate over genetically engineered or genetically modified food labeling has been fiercely contested

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