Nutrition & Food Access

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Markup – Local Food and Rural Development

May 1, 2012

Note to Readers — This is the eighth in a series of posts on the 2012 Farm Bill reported out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on April 26. The Senate Agriculture Committee voted the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act — the proposed name for the 2012 Farm Bill — out of Committee on Thursday, […]

House Sets Government Funding Allocations

April 25, 2012

On April 19, we reported that the Senate Appropriations Committee had approved discretionary spending allocations for the coming 2013 fiscal year.  The size of the total spending pie, as laid out by the Committee, was completely consistent with the levels set by law in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Today, the House Appropriations Committee […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Draft Farm Bill – Local Food and Rural Development Drilldown

April 23, 2012

Agricultural policy that bolsters community economic development serves as a cornerstone of NSAC’s advocacy.  Within this framework, we support strong Rural Development programs that target small business development and job creation.  Similarly, NSAC recognizes the economic opportunities inherent in food produced for local markets and thus urge Congress to address infrastructure and information barriers to […]

House Agriculture Committee Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill, Announced Farm Bill Hearings

April 19, 2012

On Wednesday, April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed a budget reconciliation bill on a partisan vote that proposes to cut $33.2 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over ten years. In its fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget resolution, the House Budget Committee directed the House Agriculture Committee to cut $33.2 billion over […]

Request for Applications for Farm to School Grants

April 17, 2012

On April 17, USDA announced new funding that aims to provide fresh, healthy food for children in schools across America, and to bolster and sustain local farmers and ranchers. The agency said today that $3.5 million in funding will be available to help local school districts organize and implement Farm to School programs.  These critical […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Writes a Farm Bill

April 13, 2012

The Senate Agriculture Committee is on track to meet its timeline for marking up a farm bill later this month.  Agriculture staffers in the Senate have been meeting throughout the two-week Congressional Easter recess to discuss issues and proposals.  The Senate Agriculture Committee leadership is writing a draft of the farm bill – known as […]

Apply Now for 2012 Farmers’ Market Promotion Program

April 5, 2012

On April 6, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will publish the 2012 Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP) in the Federal Register. For 2012, $10 million dollars in competitive grant funds are available for projects that expand direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.  Grant funds may be used for the establishment […]

National Public Health Week: April 2-8, 2012

April 2, 2012

April 2 marks the beginning of National Public Health Week, organized annually by the American Public Health Association to bring attention to current issues in public health.  The first day’s “tools and tips” from APHA focus on healthy eating and supporting local food efforts. With alarming trends in overweight and obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: House Budget Complicates Farm Bill, but Senate Committee Will Begin Anyway

March 30, 2012

On Thursday, March 29, the House approved the FY 13 Budget Resolution introduced by Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) by a 228-191 vote, with all Democrats and 10 Republicans voting no.  The budget resolution will not be taken up by the Senate and hence will only control spending actions in the House. The resolution […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: New Budget Baseline

March 14, 2012

An important step in the process of reauthorizing legislation that will include changes in mandatory spending, such as the farm bill, is establishing what the legislation would cost in the future if no changes were made and existing law were simply extended indefinitely.  This is known as the budget “baseline” and becomes the yardstick that […]

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