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Release: Funding Restored For Beginning Farmer Training Programs

April 11, 2014

News Release: USDA has announced the availability of $19 million in funding for beginning farmer training grants through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

Release: USDA Value-Added Producer Grants Deadline Extended with Veteran Priority Included

March 25, 2014

Release: Value-Added Producer Grants Deadline Extended with Veteran Priority Included Washington, DC, March 25, 2014 – Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency announced a two week extension for grant applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant program.  The extension, published in today’s Federal Register, was made necessary by changes to the program included […]

Release: NSAC Applauds USDA Efforts to Aid Mid-Scale Farms and Regional Agriculture

March 10, 2014

For Immediate Release March 10, 2014, Washington, DC – Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced several initiatives to assist small and mid-scale farms and local and regional agriculture. Among the highlights were two initiatives — changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan program and the creation of Whole Farm Diversified Risk Management revenue insurance […]

Release: NSAC Honors Iowan and Harkin Staff Member Mark Halverson

February 21, 2014

Release: NSAC Honors Iowan and Harkin Staff Member Mark Halverson February 21, 2014, Washington, DC – Iowan and staff member for Senator Tom Harkin, Mark Halverson, was honored January 29 at the annual meeting of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) for his decades-long leadership in the service of family farming, agricultural conservation, and progressive […]

Release: NSAC Statement on Farm Bill Final Passage

January 28, 2014

Release: NSAC Statement on Farm Bill Final Passage Contact: Ferd Hoefner, fhoefner@sustainableagriculture.net January 28, 2014, Washington, DC – The farm bill reported by the conference committee renews funding for a number of important programs that were left stranded by last year’s farm bill extension, but fails to make much-needed reforms in the structure of farm […]

Release: NSAC Statement on Farm Bill Payment Limit Reform

January 23, 2014

Release: NSAC Statement on Farm Bill Payment Limit Reform Washington, DC, January 23, 2014 – The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition issued the following statement and analysis today on the status of payment limitations for commodity programs in the farm bill: “The issue of payment limitations for commodity programs is one of the very few remaining […]

Release: Food and Drug Administration Announces Changes To Be Made to FSMA Rules

December 19, 2013

For Immediate Release December 19, 2013 Contact: Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 or fhoefner@sustainableagriculture.net Food and Drug Administration Announces Changes To Be Made to FSMA Rules Washington, D.C., December 19, 2013 – The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it will be making significant changes to two of its proposed rules to implement the Food Safety […]

Release: Cover Crops and Crop Insurance – What’s the Connection? Webinar Announced

December 10, 2013

For Immediate Release Contact: Jeff Schahczenski, 406-494-4572 or jeffs@ncat.org Sophia Kruszewski, 202-547-5754 or sophia@sustainableagriculture.net National Webinar Announced on New USDA Cover Crop Termination Policy December 10, 2013 – The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) will host an important national webinar on January 23, 2014, to discuss the […]

Release: Farm Bill Loophole Closure Under Attack

December 5, 2013

For Immediate Release December 5, 2013 For more information: Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 Release: Farm Bill Loophole Closure Under Attack Washington, DC, December 5, 2013 – Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing farm bill conference negotiations: “Rumor has it that a sticking point in the […]

Release: USDA Launches 2014 Sign-up for CSP – NSAC Provides Enrollment Information for Farmers

December 4, 2013

For Immediate Release Contact: Sophia Kruszewski or Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754 USDA Launches 2014 Sign-up for the Conservation Stewardship Program – NSAC Provides Helpful Enrollment Information for Farmers and Farm Groups Washington, DC, December 4, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the start of the 2014 enrollment process […]

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