Nutrition & Food Access

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 […]

Agriculture Committee Leader Letter Sent to Super Committee

October 17, 2011

Over the weekend we reported the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees had not finalized their letter to the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the Super Committee) recommended cuts to farm bill programs.  That letter became final today and has been sent to the Super […]

No Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Letter Yet

October 15, 2011

The October 14 deadline for the authorizing committees of Congress to send their deficit reduction recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (often referred to as the Super Committee) has passed without a letter from the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.  Word from the House and Senate Committees with jurisdiction over the farm […]

2011 Specialty Crop Block Grants Announced

October 5, 2011

On Wednesday, October 5, USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan announced the 2011 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program awards, the sixth year of awards for this program.  In total, 55 grants are being awarded for 740 initiatives totaling about $55 million. On a press call announcing the awards, Merrigan noted that “this year, similar to last year, […]

October is National Farm to School Month!

September 29, 2011

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening around the country between schools and local food!  NSAC is among the partners for the inaugural event. In November 2010, Congress approved a resolution introduced by Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) to officially designate October as National Farm to School […]

2011 Healthy Food Financing Initiative Awards Announced

September 15, 2011

On Wednesday, September 14, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced the award of $25 million in grants through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) to a variety of organizations serving “food deserts” throughout the United States.  A total of 12 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in nine states will receive funding. These […]

2011 Healthy Food Enterprise Awards Announced

August 15, 2011

In mid-July the Healthy Food Enterprise Development (HUFED) Center announced its 2011 HUFED awards.  The Center is administered by the Wallace Center at Winrock International, an NSAC member organization. A total of $630,000 will be awarded to 17 enterprises over the next two years for “innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to resolve barriers to healthy food […]

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 […]

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