Research, Education & Extension


Conservation and Consumer Interests Again Excluded from Ag Research Advisory Board

April 9, 2014

After a lengthy nomination process, USDA announced yesterday the appointment of eight new members to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. The NAREEE Advisory Board advises the Secretary of Agriculture, USDA’s research agencies, and land-grant colleges and universities on agricultural research, extension, education, and economics policies and priorities. […]

House and Senate Consider USDA Funding Requests

March 28, 2014

The House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees held a total of four hearings this week to examine the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 Budget Request.  The House Subcommittee heard testimony from the heads of two USDA mission areas—Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNS), and Research, Education and Economics (REE)—as well as the Food and Drug Administration […]

NSAC, Farmers Partner to Advocate on Sustainable Agriculture Funding

March 28, 2014

This week, a dozen family farmers and sustainable agriculture advocates from eight states traveled to Washington, DC to share their stories with the members of Congress who will decide on the coming year’s agricultural budget.  In meetings Wednesday and Thursday, farmers called upon their legislators to invest in a more sustainable food and farm future […]

Sustainable Farming Research Innovations Highlighted

March 20, 2014

Following up on its award winning report published for 2011 and 2012, USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released its latest biennial report highlighting a variety of research projects that have been funded over the last two years that are helping to advance sustainable farming. The SARE program is administered through four […]

Funding Once Again Available for Organic Research!!

March 18, 2014

After a year-long hiatus, NSAC is pleased to report that the cornerstone organic research program is once again up and running — with $20 million in funding to award in 2014!!  Yesterday, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released its 2014 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). OREI […]

Spring 2014 National Organic Standards Board Meeting Announced

March 11, 2014

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced its next National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting set for April 29-May 2, 2014, in San Antonio, TX.  The meeting is open to the public, and interested parties can submit comments prior to the meeting. The NOSB meets twice annually to discuss allowed and prohibited substances in organic production, […]

What Does the President’s 2015 Budget Mean for Sustainable Agriculture?

March 5, 2014

President Obama sent his budget proposal for 2015 to Capitol Hill yesterday.  The overall spending number in the proposed budget for the next fiscal year (FY) would match the two-year budget deal Congress reached last year, though the President also includes an aspirational $56 billion add-on, which he calls the Opportunity, Growth, and Security (OGS) […]

2014 Farm Bill Drilldown: Sustainable and Organic Research

February 12, 2014

With the 2014 Farm Bill recently signed into law, NSAC is doing a blog series that delves into the details of the bill for sustainable food and farming systems.  Previous posts in this farm bill series dove into the overall farm bill by the numbers, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer issues, working lands conservation programs, […]

Organic Transitions Research Funding Available

February 6, 2014

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced the release of its FY2014 Organic Transitions Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Program (ORG)  Request for Applications (RFA). The overall goal of the Organic Transitions program is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of […]

What is in the 2014 Farm Bill For Sustainable Farms and Food Systems?

January 31, 2014

At the start of this long and twisted farm bill reauthorization process, NSAC released an ambitious farm bill platform with the goal of expanding opportunities for family farmers to produce good food, sustain the environment, and contribute to vibrant communities.  Reflecting input from sustainable and organic farmers, rural and urban communities, and food entrepreneurs, the […]

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