Rural Development


USDA Seeks Public Input on Value-Added Producer Grant Program

April 21, 2014

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is seeking initial public input on a farm bill change to the Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG) via written comments and a listening session scheduled for this Friday, April 25, 2014. The 2014 Farm Bill made two additions to VAPG: (1) it created an additional priority preference […]

More 2015 Funding Hearings – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing Programs

April 4, 2014

This week, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee held hearings on the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 funding requests for three USDA mission areas – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which includes the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).  The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee also held […]

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 […]

Working Together to Bring Healthy Foods to Communities in Need

March 27, 2014

Guest Blog - Cross posted from the White House Rural Council Blog Editor’s note:  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition played a lead role in helping to organize a recent White House meeting  that brought together government agencies, spokespeople for innovative projects from around the country that involved both healthy food access and local and regional food system […]

Rural Poverty Increasing, Especially Among Children

March 26, 2014

Rural poverty increased significantly in the U.S. following the 2007 recession, especially among children, according to data released earlier this month in the March Supplement of the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey (sponsored by the US Census Bureau and US Bureau of Labor Statistics).  The 2012 data reveals that the rural poverty […]

Value-Added Producer Grant Program Deadline Extended; Veteran Priority Added

March 25, 2014

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development retroactively announced that the deadline for applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program would be extended by two weeks in order to incorporate a change from the recently enacted 2014 Farm Bill. Coming over one month from the original February 24 deadline for VAPG applications, the […]

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 […]

Guest Blog: New report shows food buyers how regional hubs work

March 13, 2014

Editor’s Note: We want to thank John Fisk, from NSAC member the Wallace Center, for his contribution.  Dr. Fisk is the director of the Wallace Center at Winrock International.  He is also a founding board member of the National Food Routes Network, an editorial board member of the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, and an active member […]

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: Local and Regional Food Systems, Healthy Food Access, and Rural Development

February 11, 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, […]

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