Nutrition & Food Access


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 […]

Food Desert Locator Tool Released

May 6, 2011

Following on previous efforts to make information available to the public using visual interfaces, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released the Food Desert Locator this week.  This new tool provides population characteristics of areas considered food deserts according the definition by the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Working Group. The HFFI, a partnership between the […]

AGree?

May 3, 2011

On Tuesday, May 3, a new federal food, agriculture, and rural development policy initiative was launched by eight major foundations at a press event in DC.  The new eight-year project will be aimed at “transforming US food and agriculture policy” with an equal focus on domestic and international impacts.  It will be known as “AGree,” […]

The Atlantic Holds Annual Food Summit in Washington, DC

April 29, 2011

Earlier this week The Atlantic held its annual Food Summit in Washington, DC.  USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan gave the keynote address.  Merrigan started by acknowledging that it is an exciting time for people working in the food and farm sectors since Americans are increasingly interested in where their food comes from, how it is […]

House GOP Funding Proposal Would Cut NSAC Priority Programs

February 12, 2011

Post updated 2/15/11 Following a revolt by some of their rank and file on Thursday, House Republican leaders on Friday night released their draft bill to cut government funding for the remainder of the fiscal year that end September 3 by a significantly larger amount then they planned for earlier in the week.  The bill […]

New ‘FoodCorps’ Program Recruiting “Next Generation of Food Leaders”

February 3, 2011

FoodCorps, a new national service program focused on addressing childhood obesity through building healthy school food infrastructure, will begin accepting applications for 2011-2012 service members early next week.  FoodCorps is looking to recruit young adults for a yearlong term of public service beginning in mid-August 2011. The new program, an offshoot of Americorps, will work […]

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