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New USDA Assistance for Farmer Veterans

November 18, 2014

More and more military veterans are trading in their combat boots for cowboy boots and transitioning into a career in agriculture.  Many of the men and women who have served our country come from rural or agricultural backgrounds, and are either interested in returning to the family farm or pursuing farming as a therapeutic career that […]

USDA Releases Guidance Documents for Conservation Initiatives

November 13, 2014

In the final days of October, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provided its state NRCS offices with national guidance on when and how to administer various conservation initiatives for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  The initiatives are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program. An October 23 directive […]

NSAC member organizations receive Rural Business Enterprise Grants from USDA

October 23, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 50 new Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) for the 2014 fiscal year, including awards for two NSAC member organizations. Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and National Hmong American Farmers (NHAF) each received RBEG awards from USDA’s Rural Development agency.  The announcement follows an earlier […]

Farm to School Programs Create New Opportunities for Farmers

October 3, 2014

Guest Blog – Cross posted from the USDA Blog Posted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, on October 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM This October, just like every other month during the school year, school menus will feature an array of products from local and regional farmers, ranchers, and fishermen.  Kids of all ages will dig up lessons […]

New USDA Tools to Help Locate Local Food

October 2, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) unveiled new and updated tools to help consumers, producers, and community leaders find local food sources in their region. As part of the ongoing Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, AMS presented new directories for three different types of local food sources and an updated version […]

Awards Promoting Local and Regional Farmers and Food Systems Announced

September 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced over $32.8 million in awards from three grant programs

Conservation Innovation Grant Recipients Announced

September 16, 2014

On Monday, September 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 47 new Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) awards, totaling $15.7 million.  Recipients include universities, soil and water conservation districts, tribal organizations, resource conservation and development councils, and non-profit organizations.  Roughly half of this year’s CIG awards focus on soil health. The CIG program is administered […]

Organic Certification Farmer Cost Share Funds Still Available

September 9, 2014

Organic producers and handlers can still take advantage of certification cost-share funding through the end of the fiscal year…

Deadline for Applications for Minority Farmer Assistance Grant Program

August 22, 2014

On Thursday, August 21st, the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) hosted a listening session on available funding for the Outreach and Technical Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers program – also known as the Section 2501 program.  The listening session provided organizations from across the country the opportunity to directly engage […]

New Local and Regional Food Data Available from USDA Market News

August 13, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced that its free online Market News service will now include reports on local and regional food markets.  These reports, which are currently limited to a small number of states with more states expected to be added in the coming year, provide pricing and volume […]

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