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EQIP Interim Final Rule Falls Short on Sustainability

January 23, 2020

Every five years (or so), a new farm bill is passed which makes important changes to federal farm and food programs. The 2018 Farm Bill, passed in late December 2018, was no exception. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was one of many programs to receive updates in the farm […]

RELEASE: Dr. Eric Deeble Joins National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition as Policy Director

January 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana KovalcikNational Sustainable Agriculture CoalitionP: 202-547-5754, E: rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net  Dr. Eric Deeble Joins National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition as Policy Director Washington, DC, January 16, 2020 – Following a rigorous national search, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) today announced the hiring of Dr. Eric Deeble to serve as the 30-year old organization’s new Policy […]

RELEASE: Newly Updated Farmers’ Guide to the Value-Added Producer Grant Program Published

January 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik or Wes King National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition P: 202-547-5754, E: rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net, wking@sustainableagriculture.net Newly Updated Farmers’ Guide to the Value-Added Producer Grant Program Published National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition announces updates to their detailed online guide Washington, DC, January 15, 2020 – In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent […]

$37 Million Available for Value-Added and Local Food Projects

January 14, 2020

SAVE the DATE: On January 23, 2020, at 2:00pm EST, USDA Rural Development will be hosting a webinar for prospective applicants. You don’t have to register just click here a few minutes before 2:00pm EST on January 23, 2020. “Value-added” foods and goods are made from raw agricultural products (e.g., vegetables, grains, or dairy) that […]

$192 Million in Food and Agriculture Research Funding Now Available

January 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This is an updated post of an article originally published by NSAC in May 2019 that has been updated to reflect changes made to the FY 2020 Request for Application, which was recently released late 2019. The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is the largest federal agricultural research competitive grant program. In […]

COMMENT: New Fair Competition Rules for Livestock and Poultry Industry Advanced

January 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana KovalcikNational Sustainable Agriculture CoalitionP: 202-547-5754, E: rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net  New Fair Competition Rules for Livestock and Poultry Industry Advanced USDA takes small step forward in decades long rules debate Washington, DC, January 10, 2020 – For years, American livestock and poultry producers have spoken out about the unfair and abusive practices of contract […]

2020 Opportunities for Organic Research Funding Now Available

January 9, 2020

Note: This post has been updated to reflect changes made to the FY 2020 Request for Applications which was recently released late 2019. For further details on timing and updated application links, see below. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the FY 2020 Requests for Applications (RFAs) […]

RELEASE: Additional Clarity on Animal Raising Label Claims in Time for the New Year

January 2, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana KovalcikNational Sustainable Agriculture CoalitionP: 202-547-5754, E: rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net  Additional Clarity on Animal Raising Label Claims in Time for the New Year New guidelines will better uphold the integrity of organic, grass-fed, and pastured products Washington, DC, January 2, 2020 – Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) […]

Congress Clears FY 2020 Appropriations Packages

December 20, 2019

This week, after months of delay, Congress passed a much-anticipated deal to fund the government through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2020. FY 2020 runs through September 30, 2020. The $1.4 trillion package of discretionary spending bills, which was divided up into two “minibuses”, was finally delivered this week after months of rigorous advocacy […]

Conservation Reserve Program Signup Begins, USDA Announces New Rule

December 18, 2019

For almost 35 years, the farm bill’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has paid farmers and land owners to take highly erodible and other environmentally sensitive lands out of crop production and enroll them instead in conserving practices. Through CRP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) pays farmers to set aside land for grass or tree […]

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