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Funding Available for Specialty Crops

April 17, 2014

Today USDA announced the availability of $66 million through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG) to fund projects related to the research, marketing, and development of specialty crops.  The funding is available to State Departments of Agriculture, which must apply for funding and then use it to supplement state programs or make grants. SCBG […]

Secretary Vilsack Reports to House Agriculture Committee on Farm Bill Implementation

April 4, 2014

At a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed questions concerning the department’s implementation of key farm bill provisions and role in supporting rural economies.  That same day, USDA released a Farm Bill Implementation Progress Report outlining the actions that the agency has taken since enactment of the law, and […]

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, […]

Farm Bill Implementation on Beginning Farmer and Rancher Programs Already Underway

March 7, 2014

Beginning in 2011, NSAC launched a campaign around Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher programs in the Farm Bill, and ultimately helped win on quite a number of issues in the final legislation.  The NSAC-championed marker bill, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act, was championed by members in both chambers, led by Senator […]

NSAC Submits Coexistence Comments to USDA

March 5, 2014

Yesterday, NSAC submitted comments to USDA in response to a request for information about how farmers who raise genetically engineered (GE) crops and those who don’t can better coexist as neighbors.  NSAC’s was one of the over 4,000 comments that were submitted on the topic by yesterday’s deadline. The challenges associated with coexistence have significant […]

Apply Now for Conservation Innovation Grants

February 7, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of funding (PDF) for FY 2014 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). The CIG program is a voluntary effort to promote science-based solutions for the benefit of both farmers and the environment.  CIG applicants are typically non-governmental organizations, State or local governments, or […]

Last Chance to Sign Up for the Conservation Stewardship Program

February 3, 2014

Farmers and ranchers interested in participating in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for the 2014 fiscal year have until this Friday, February 7, to complete the initial application to enroll.  The initial application is easy to fill out, and can be done at your local NRCS office.  To locate the NRCS office nearest to you, […]

USDA Farm to School Webinar Series

January 24, 2014

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School office supports the efforts of organizations and school districts across the nation that are working to bring educational activities and foods from local or regional sources into schools.  Activities encompass incorporating locally or regionally produced foods into school meals and snacks, creating hands-on learning activities, such […]

CSP Sign Up Extended Until February 7

January 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for applications to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling in CSP now have until February 7 to submit their initial applications to NRCS. The original deadline was January 17, which gives producers an extra […]

Changes to Cover Crop/Crop Insurance Guidelines

January 3, 2014

In December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revised the cover crop termination guidelines announced over the summer.  USDA issued the original guidelines to address farmers’ concerns that normal cover crop management practices could render them ineligible for crop insurance coverage on subsequently planted cash crops. The guidelines provide information on when and how cover […]

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