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2019 Organic Survey Arriving Soon

December 4, 2019

This month, more than 22,000 organic producers are expected to receive in their mailboxes letters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS is conducting its 2019 survey of certified or transitioning to certified organic farmers, asking for production, marketing, and transitioning information pertaining to their organic operations. The Organic […]

VAPG Helps Farm and Food Entrepreneurs Bring Home the Bacon

December 3, 2019

What do a dairy farm in Alabama, a hog farm in Georgia, and a farmer-led cooperative in Minnesota have in common? A few things – they’re all farm operations, they all contribute to their local food economies, and in this case, all three have grown their operations through the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. […]

Donations to NSAC Doubled Through Patagonia’s Action Works!

November 29, 2019

Big news, everyone: from now (November 29) until December 31, 2019, our friends at Patagonia will be doubling all donations made to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) through our Patagonia Action Works website! Every penny donated through the Action Works site will go straight to NSAC – Patagonia will not take any amount of […]

USDA Awards Over $41 Million for Healthy Food Access Projects

November 19, 2019

When it comes to food production, the United States is a land of abundance and plenty. On the food access front, however, the numbers are not very encouraging. One in 10 American households is struggling with food insecurity, meaning that over 100 million low-income, urban and rural Americans cannot afford or have trouble affording healthy […]

A Call for Climate-Focused Agriculture Policy

November 18, 2019

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Tara Ritter, Senior Program Associate with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and edited by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). IATP is a member organization of NSAC, and Tara serves as Co-Chair of NSAC’s Climate Change Subcommittee. The current Administration has gone to great lengths […]

RELEASE: Moving American Agriculture to “Net Zero”

November 13, 2019

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has been helping farmers adopt climate-smart practices for decades, and today released a new report of policy and practice recommendations based on the latest climate science: Agriculture and Climate Change: Policy Imperatives and Opportunities to Help Producers Meet the Challenge.

Exploring Agriculture’s Role in Addressing Climate Change

November 8, 2019

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis held a hearing last Wednesday, October 30, 2019 to discuss the role of agriculture in identifying and implementing solutions to the climate crisis. This is the first time that the Select Committee has focused on the potential for America’s farmers and ranchers to be a positive force […]

USDA Invests $14 Million to Train the Next Generation of Farmers

November 7, 2019

The new farmer boom continues to grow all across the country, but barriers to entry (such as access to land, capital, and viable markets) continue to make it hard for new farmers to build a successful and sustainable farm business. In response, hundreds of farmer training programs and projects have emerged over the past decade […]

Hearing Highlights Challenges and Opportunities for Organic Producers

November 4, 2019

The Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on October 30, 2019 to review the state of organic agriculture from the perspective of the producers. This is the Subcommittee’s second hearing on organic agriculture this year; the first convened to assess the National Organic Program (NOP) in July. Organic […]

COMMENT: Farm Advocates Hope Senate Farm to School Month Resolution Signals Opportunity for Action on Upcoming CNR

November 1, 2019

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and National Farm to School Network (NFSN) jointly praised the effort to highlight the important relationship between farmers, schools, and our nation’s children. The organizations, which work closely together to advance federal policies that further farm to school connections and the socioeconomic benefits that those relationships confer, also underscored the opportunity for Senators to further support these efforts by including the Farm to School Act (S. 2026) and the Kids Eat Local Act (S. 1817) in the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR).

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