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RELEASE: USDA announces that Whole-Farm will be the first universally available crop insurance policy

August 27, 2015

Contact: Paul Wolfe, 202-547-5754 Washington D.C. August 27, 2015 — Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance policy to every state and every county; making Whole-Farm the first crop insurance policy to be universally available. “NSAC would like to thank Secretary Vilsack and RMA Administrator Willis […]

Release: New Farm Storage Financing Options for Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

August 18, 2015

Washington, DC, August 18, 2015 – Just weeks after expanding financing options for produce growers, USDA’s Farm Service Agency this week expanded the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program to provide very low-interest financing to farmers to build or upgrade storage for meat, dairy, and eggs. The FSA notice to its field offices also covers flowers, hops, and […]

NSAC Comment on Senate Appropriations Markup of Farm and Food Spending Bill

July 16, 2015

Washington, DC, July 16, 2015 – The following is a statement issued by NSAC regarding the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2016 agriculture appropriations bill: “We are thrilled the Senate bill allows the Conservation Stewardship Program to proceed at the level dictated by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Rejecting the ill-considered cut in the President’s budget and the […]

Release: NSAC Comments on AGree’s Agricultural Research Recommendations

June 24, 2015

Washington, DC, June 24, 2015 — Today, AGree released a new position paper on agricultural research.  Entitled Research and Innovation: Strengthening Agricultural Research, the paper is available online at www.foodandagpolicy.org. Below are comments on the research recommendations by Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and a newly appointed AGree Advisor. It […]

Release: Assessment Recommends Improvements to National Beginning Farmer & Rancher Grants Program

June 3, 2015

Contact: Megan Buckingham, Land Stewardship Project, 612-722-6377; Ferd Hoefner, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, 202-547-5754 Minneapolis, Minn., June 3, 2015 — The nation’s leading public training program for assisting beginning farmers and ranchers is more popular than ever, and with some key adjustments could better fulfill Congress’s intent to target public funding to community-based organizations that conduct […]

Release: NSAC Submits Comments on USDA Draft Rule that would continue to allow million dollar subsidy payments to mega-farms

May 27, 2015

Washington, DC, May 27, 2015 – The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to undertake a major overhaul of its “actively engaged in farming” draft rule to create fair and effective limitations on the subsidies taxpayers provide to commodity farms.  Fair and effective enforcement of the farm bill’s payment […]

Release: Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding, $30 Million Available This Cycle

May 8, 2015

Washington, DC, May 8, 2015 – In conjunction with today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture inviting applications for funding through the Farm Bill’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is releasing a new, updated version of its Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding. In addition to the $30 million notice of […]

Release: USDA Proposes to Continue Farm Subsidy Abuse

March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015, Washington, DC – Yesterday USDA issued the long awaited proposed rule to reform farm subsidy payments.  Sadly, the proposed changes to the “actively engaged in farming” rules amount to very little in the way of real reform, missing the best chance yet for President Obama to make good on his number one […]

Release: Farm to School Act of 2015, Connecting Students to Local Food and Farms, Introduced in Congress

February 25, 2015

Feb. 25, 2015, Washington, D.C. – Today, members of Congress took the first step toward a major win for local economies, farm families and the health of our nation’s children. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2015 to […]

Release: Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up Extended to March 13

February 23, 2015

Washington, DC February 23, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the sign-up period for the 2015 edition of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) – the federal farm bill’s largest working lands conservation program. Farmers and ranchers now have two additional weeks – until March 13 – to complete the initial application form. Coinciding […]

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