Local & Regional Food Systems

USDA Interim Rule for the Conservation Reserve Program

July 30, 2010

On Wednesday, July 28, USDA issued an interim rule to implement provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) which were not implemented under two previously issued CRP interim rules.  The interim rule is effective immediately.  USDA is taking public comments on the interim rule, due by September 27, 2010, that […]

USDA Extends Comment Period for GIPSA Proposed Rules

July 30, 2010

Bowing to pressure from a group of large-scale livestock and poultry packers and processors and House Agriculture Committee members who are aligned with them, USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced on July 26 that it is extending the public comment period on proposed rules for the Packers & Stockyards Act by 90 days. […]

Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting Act Update

July 30, 2010

The Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting Act, first enacted in 1999, requires USDA to establish a program of information regarding the marketing of cattle, swine, lambs, and the products of this livestock.   The Act requires that the information, including price and volume information, be provided in a format that can be readily understood by producers; […]

Legislative Roundup: Farm Credit Funding Passes, Other Food and Farm Legislation Could Move

July 28, 2010

[Friday July 30 update to story below — A measure to fund the Pigford II class action settlement between USDA and black farmers is now expected to come to the Senate floor early next week as a stand alone measure.  The Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) is now not expected to be taken up […]

NSAC Sends Letter to White House and Congress Opposing Conservation Cuts

July 22, 2010

On Wednesday, July 21, NSAC, along with over 70 other farm, conservation, and environmental organizations sent a letter to the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and a letter to President Obama expressing strong opposition to any use of farm bill conservation program funding as an offset to pay for improvements to school meal programs. […]

Ad Calls for Urgent Action on Child Nutrition Bill

July 21, 2010

On Wednesday, July 21, a full page Feeding America advertisement appeared in CQ Today and Roll Call, two Capitol Hill publications, urging Congress to pass a “robust, well-funded child nutrition bill this summer.” Support for the ad stems from a large and diverse group of organizations, including the Alliance to End Hunger, the American Cancer […]

House Committee Looks at USDA Rural Development

July 21, 2010

On Tuesday, July 20, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops, and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing to assess progress on Rural Development program implementation and hear ideas from the field in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill. USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager emphasized the “five pillars” the agency […]

Resources and Showcase for Local and Regional Food Systems

July 16, 2010

This week, as part of the USDA Know Your Farmer Know Your Food initiative, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack reported on investments in rural economies through development of local and regional food systems. As Vilsack said, “By connecting farmers and ranchers more closely with consumers of food, we are creating new economic opportunities for producers […]

Child Nutrition with Farm to School Passes House Committee

July 15, 2010

On Thursday, July 15, the House Education and Labor Committee approved the child nutrition reauthorization bill authored by Chairman George Miller (D-CA) (Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act, H.R. 5504) by a vote of 32 -13 with Republicans Todd Platts (PA), Michael Castle (DE), and Vernon Ehlers (MI) joining all of the Democratic members of […]

FSIS Names Advisory Committee on Meat & Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2010

On Thursday, July 15, USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service announced the reestablishment of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) and the newly appointed members of the committee for 2010-2012. Established in 1971, the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) advises the Secretary of the USDA on federal and […]

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