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RELEASE: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Honors Sustainability Champion, Mark Lipson

February 2, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ferd Hoefner (NSAC) 202-547-5754 National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Honors Sustainability Champion,  Mark Lipson Washington, DC, February 2, 2016 – At its annual Winter Meeting, this year hosted in Davis, California, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) honored farmer and former Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor for the Office of the Secretary […]

RELEASE: Senate Bill Offers Hope for a Child Nutrition Act reauthorization in 2016

January 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ferd Hoefner (NSAC) 202-547-5754 Erin McGuire (NFSN) 207-749-7249 Senate Bill Offers Hope for a Child Nutrition Act reauthorization in 2016 Washington, DC, January 20, 2016 – In a critical first step forward, the Senate Agriculture Committee will today begin markup of their draft of the long-delayed Child Nutrition Act reauthorization. The […]

RELEASE: USDA Revokes Grass Fed Label Standard

January 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ferd Hoefner 202-547-5754 USDA Revokes Grass Fed Label Standard Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Speaks Out Against Decision Washington, DC, January 12, 2016 – Today in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) rescinds the labeling standard for grass fed meat that was developed over the course of […]

RELEASE: Omnibus A Mixed Bag for Sustainable Agriculture

December 16, 2015

Contact: Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754 Juli Obudzinski, 202-547-5754 Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 Washington, DC, December 16, 2015 – The omnibus appropriations bill released today increases investments in several programs critical to the sustainability of American farms and ranches, while offering both good news and bad news with respect to proposals to re-open the 2014 Farm Bill.  Our […]

RELEASE: USDA Issues Rule to Allow Unlimited Subsidies for Mega Farms

December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015, Washington, DC – Today USDA preserved access to unlimited subsidies for the biggest commodity farms in the country.  The final rule on commodity program payment limitations – making it possible for mega farms to draw over a million dollars annually in taxpayer-funded subsidies – will appear in tomorrow’s Federal Register. In writing the […]

RELEASE: USDA Releases New Handbook to Help NRCS Staff Work with Organic and Transitioning-to-Organic Producers

November 19, 2015

Contact: Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754 USDA Releases New Handbook to Help NRCS Staff Work with Organic and Transitioning-to-Organic Producers Washington, D.C., November 19, 2015 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the release of a new handbook aimed at helping Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) field staff work with organic and transitioning-to-organic producers. In […]

Release: NSAC Comments on Farm to School Grant Awards

November 17, 2015

Contact: Alyssa Charney; Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 Release: Farm to School Program in Great Demand, Congress Should Respond by Passing the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization Today’s announcement by USDA of the latest round of Farm to School Grant awards demonstrates a pressing need for more support for farm to school, as the demand for programs that […]

RELEASE: NSAC Comments on Produce Rule

November 13, 2015

FDA released the much-anticipated final rule detailing preventive standards for farms that grow, harvest, pack, or hold covered produce for human consumption.

Release: Grant Awards for Value-Added Business Development Announced by USDA

November 10, 2015

Contact: Ferd Hoefner, Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754 Grant Awards for Value-Added Business Development Announced by USDA Washington, D.C., November 10, 2015 – Vernita Dore, Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development, announced today that 258 farm businesses from 47 states, Puerto Rico, and the Western Pacific will receive $34 million in grants from the 2015 round of the […]

Release: NSAC Comment on FY 2016 Budget Deal’s Implications for Agriculture

October 27, 2015

October 27, 2015, Washington, DC – The following are comments from Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director, on the fiscal year 2016 budget deal struck this week. “We are pleased that a budget bargain has been struck, providing impetus to finish the work of funding the government for the fiscal year that has already begun. Two things […]

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