Organic Farming


Bill Introduced to Thwart State Efforts to Require GMO Labeling

April 11, 2014

The issue of labeling products that contain genetically modified (GMO) material is contentious and has faced strong opposition from many industry groups but has been backed aggressively by consumer advocacy groups.  It is estimated that 80 percent of food in the United States contains at least one genetically engineered ingredient, and polls have indicated that […]

More 2015 Funding Hearings – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing Programs

April 4, 2014

This week, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee held hearings on the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 funding requests for three USDA mission areas – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which includes the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).  The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee also held […]

Funding Once Again Available for Organic Research!!

March 18, 2014

After a year-long hiatus, NSAC is pleased to report that the cornerstone organic research program is once again up and running — with $20 million in funding to award in 2014!!  Yesterday, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released its 2014 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). OREI […]

Spring 2014 National Organic Standards Board Meeting Announced

March 11, 2014

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced its next National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting set for April 29-May 2, 2014, in San Antonio, TX.  The meeting is open to the public, and interested parties can submit comments prior to the meeting. The NOSB meets twice annually to discuss allowed and prohibited substances in organic production, […]

NSAC Submits Coexistence Comments to USDA

March 5, 2014

Yesterday, NSAC submitted comments to USDA in response to a request for information about how farmers who raise genetically engineered (GE) crops and those who don’t can better coexist as neighbors.  NSAC’s was one of the over 4,000 comments that were submitted on the topic by yesterday’s deadline. The challenges associated with coexistence have significant […]

What Does the President’s 2015 Budget Mean for Sustainable Agriculture?

March 5, 2014

President Obama sent his budget proposal for 2015 to Capitol Hill yesterday.  The overall spending number in the proposed budget for the next fiscal year (FY) would match the two-year budget deal Congress reached last year, though the President also includes an aspirational $56 billion add-on, which he calls the Opportunity, Growth, and Security (OGS) […]

2014 Farm Bill Drilldown: Sustainable and Organic Research

February 12, 2014

With the 2014 Farm Bill recently signed into law, NSAC is doing a blog series that delves into the details of the bill for sustainable food and farming systems.  Previous posts in this farm bill series dove into the overall farm bill by the numbers, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer issues, working lands conservation programs, […]

2014 Farm Bill Drilldown: Local and Regional Food Systems, Healthy Food Access, and Rural Development

February 11, 2014

With the 2014 Farm Bill recently signed into law, NSAC is doing a blog series that delves into the details of the bill for sustainable food and farming systems.  Previous posts in this farm bill series dove into the overall farm bill by the numbers, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer issues, working lands conservation programs, […]

Organic Transitions Research Funding Available

February 6, 2014

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced the release of its FY2014 Organic Transitions Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Program (ORG)  Request for Applications (RFA). The overall goal of the Organic Transitions program is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of […]

Organic Producers Can Insure Crops at Contract Price

February 4, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently issued a fact sheet explaining the organic Contract Price Addendum — a crop insurance option that allows organic producers to insure their crops at the contract price specified in a guaranteed contract. The Contract Price Addendum is available for 62 crops.  The list of qualifying […]

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