Nutrition & Food Access


The Farm Bill is Dead! Long Live the Farm Bill! – Part Two

November 22, 2011

In part one of this post, we discuss what might be next for the ongoing congressional budget debate and in turn for the new farm bill.  In part two we turn to details about what was in the short-lived and now dead 2011 Farm Bill deal. What We Know About the Farm Bill that Did […]

Chicago Council Releases Farm Bill White Paper

November 2, 2011

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has released a white paper on the next farm bill that the co-chairmen of the council’s agriculture project presented to staff members of  the House and Senate agriculture committees and the super committee on September 23. The Council’s proposal is estimated to save $7.5 billion per year, or $75 […]

Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act Introduced in Congress

November 1, 2011

On Tuesday, November 1 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1) and 35 original co-sponsors introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act (S. 1773, H.R. 3286), a comprehensive bill intended for inclusion in the 2012 Farm Bill. As the Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership work to finalize their farm bill proposal […]

“Pick Three” Action Update

October 28, 2011

Hundreds of you have called and emailed your Senators and Representatives over the last two weeks – thank you for standing up for a fair and healthy farm and food system! To remind readers of current action items, we summarized and linked three alerts below. Urgent Action Needed on the Farm Bill The food and […]

Groundbreaking Opportunity: The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act

October 27, 2011

Is supporting your local farmer, visiting your farmers market, CSA, food coop, or other local food source important to you?  What about having fresh, local food for your child’s school meals?  Or as a farmer or rancher, do you want to figure out ways to add value to your food products to capitalize on sales […]

Local and Regional Food Bill Prepared for Inclusion in New Farm Bill

October 27, 2011

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition For Immediate Release October 27, 2011 Contact: Helen Dombalis, Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 Local and Regional Food Bill Prepared for Inclusion in New Farm Bill Washington, D.C. October 27, 2011 – Today Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Representative Chellie Pingree of Maine announced that next week they will introduce the Local […]

Today is Food Day! Join us in this call to action

October 24, 2011

Today, Monday 24th 2011, is Food Day.  Please join the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) in answering this call to action. Healthy, green, fair, and affordable food is important to all Americans.  Today we come together with people across the country who are hosting Food Day events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, […]

Super Fast Farm Bill? Super Fast Update!

October 23, 2011

Last Monday, the Republican and Democratic leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees sent a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction suggesting a net $23 billion cut in mandatory farm bill spending over the next decade as their collective recommendation to the Joint Select Committee (hereafter referred to as the Super […]

Senate Votes to End Debate on Agriculture Appropriations Bill

October 23, 2011

Early in the morning of Friday, October 21, the Senate voted (83-16) to end debate on a fiscal year 2012 (FY12) appropriations package of bills including the FY12 Senate agriculture appropriations bill.  No more than 30 more hours of debate will be allowed before the bill is voted upon once the Senate returns from its […]

What? Food and Farm Bill Over in 9 days?

October 20, 2011

Only once every 5 years do you have the opportunity to truly transform our food and farm system through the federal farm bill. Last Monday the Agriculture Committee leadership proposed to rewrite the food and farm bill in 2 weeks  – yes you heard that right, 2 weeks – this is usually a year plus […]

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