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USDA Seeking Public Comment on GHG Estimation Tools

February 18, 2011

On February 18, 2011 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a notice in the Federal Register, seeking public comments on the development of tools and guidance for estimating greenhouse gases (GHG). The project, an effort to provide user friendly tools and guidance to farmers, ranchers and forest land owners interested in assessing the footprint […]

NSAC Comments on Obama Cuts to Conservation

February 14, 2011

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition For Immediate Release February 14, 2011 Contact: Ferd Hoefner 202-547-5754 NSAC Comments on Obama FY 2012 Agriculture Budget Comments of Ferd Hoefner, NSAC Policy Director: The President’s FY 2012 budget calls for deep cuts to farm bill mandatory spending for farm conservation with over $1 billion in permanent rescissions.  As in […]

Consumer Groups Get it Wrong on Tester

October 20, 2010

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, representing 40 grassroots family farm, food, rural, and conservation organizations from all regions of the country, today responded critically to a letter and analysis sent to the United States Senate by a coalition of 9 national consumer organizations opposing an amendment to be offered by Senators Jon Tester and Kay Hagan to S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act.

USDA Announces $18 Million in Awards for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Training and Mentoring Programs

October 18, 2010

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) is a competitive grants program administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). BFRDP grants are awarded to local, state, and regionally based networks and partnerships to support financial and entrepreneurial training, mentoring, and apprenticeships for beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as land link programs that connect retiring with new farmers and innovative farm transfer and transition practices.

Senators Urge Implementation of USDA Rules to Address Corporate Control and Restore Competitive Markets and Contract Fairness in Livestock and Poultry Markets

August 13, 2010

USDA’s Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) issued proposed rules in June that promise to outlaw preferential pricing, expand producer rights to sue over unfair and deceptive practices, and compel contract fairness for poultry producers. The rules have been widely praised by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), NSAC member groups from all parts of the country, and many other farm organizations.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Urges Senate to Enact Comprehensive Climate Change Legislation

July 13, 2010

Washington, D.C., July 13, 2010 – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition joined 64 sustainable agriculture and environmental groups from around the nation on a letter delivered to Senate leaders (see letter below), urging them to pass comprehensive climate change and energy legislation in this session of Congress. “Agriculture is especially vulnerable to the adverse […]

USDA Moves to Restore Competitive Markets and Contract Fairness in Livestock and Poultry Markets

June 18, 2010

Washington, D.C. June 18, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture released new rules today that propose a host of reforms necessary to help restore competitive markets and contract fairness to livestock and poultry markets. The new rules directed by the 2008 Farm Bill, promise to outlaw preferential pricing, expand producer rights to sue over […]

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