Nutrition & Food Access


People’s Garden Grant Program

August 1, 2011

On Tuesday, July 26, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of USDA announced the availability of grants of up to $150,000 through its People’s Garden Grant Program.  The program will fund projects to facilitate the creation of produce, recreational, and/or wildlife gardens in urban and rural areas, which will provide opportunities for food […]

House Holds Hearing on USDA Research Programs

July 29, 2011

On Thursday, July 28, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture held an audit hearing on federal research programs administered by USDA.  This was the ninth hearing on farm bill programs the Committee has held this year. The Committee heard testimony from top administrators of four agencies that make […]

Farm Bill Nutrition Programs Hearing

July 22, 2011

On Thursday, July 21, the House Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture held an audit hearing to examine the Farm Bill’s Nutrition Programs, programs that accounts for over 75 percent of the Agriculture Committee’s budget.  USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers nutrition programs, which include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), […]

Financing Measure Could Boost Farm Production in Food Deserts

July 22, 2011

Guest Post We welcome farm and food consultants Bob Heuer and Patty Cantrell to our page today on a very timely issue.  To take action, please see NSAC’s action alert on the proposed Farm Credit System rule and its potential impact on the availability of local foods.  Public comments are due Monday. By Bob Heuer […]

USDA Announces New Farm To School Resources

July 13, 2011

On Tuesday, July 12, USDA announced several new resources for locally-sourced school food initiatives. At the 2011 School Nutrition Association national convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan addressed 4,500 school nutrition professionals about the Obama administration’s efforts to improve the health and nutrition of school and institutional meals, most notably the […]

Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program Grants Support Sustainable Agriculture

July 13, 2011

On Tuesday, July 12, USDA announced the twenty-five recipients of its Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) grants.  FSMIP will match $1.3 million worth of state grants to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. agricultural products. FSMIP provides funds to state departments of agriculture or other similar state agencies to develop innovative approaches for […]

Oklahoma’s Sustainable Agriculture

July 12, 2011

Last month, NSAC Policy Associate Helen Dombalis traveled to Oklahoma where she explored the state’s many sustainable agriculture endeavors. Policy Advocacy and Research: GIPSA, Conservation, and Beyond – Yukon and Oklahoma City Helen was joined by sustainable agriculture advocate and farmer Kathy Moore of Anichini-Moore Ranch & Farm and co-founder of the Oklahoma Composting Council.  […]

House FY2012 Appropriations Bill Would Slash Conservation, Rural Development, and Research Programs

May 24, 2011

On Monday, May 23, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies released a draft of its fiscal year (FY) 2012 agriculture appropriations bill.  The Subcommittee will debate, potentially amend, and almost certainly pass the bill on Tuesday during an afternoon markup. Before the bill can become law, […]

Merrigan Keynotes Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Foods Gathering

May 20, 2011

Introduced by Congressman Sam Farr (D-17th/CA) as “someone who really gets it,” USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan keynoted Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Cooking for Solutions conference on May 19.  The event attracted food and agriculture writers from around the nation. The good news, Merrigan explained, is that “there’s more interest now in agriculture than there has […]

Healthy Farms, Healthy People Summit

May 19, 2011

by NSAC Policy Associate Helen Dombalis A diverse group of over 100 farm, food, and health stakeholders came together in Washington, DC Tuesday and Wednesday for Healthy Farms, Healthy People: A Farm & Food Policy Summit for a Strong America.  The summit was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and convened […]

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