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Release: Time to Apply for Local Farm and Food Grants and Loan Guarantees

May 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eugene Kim, Greg Fogel, or Ferd Hoefner – 202-547-5754 May 8, 2014, Washington, DC – Today, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced changes to two initiatives from the 2014 Farm Bill to support local and regional farm and food systems. Projects to benefit from the changes include direct-to-consumer marketing outlets such […]

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 […]

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