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FSIS Names Advisory Committee on Meat & Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2010

On Thursday, July 15, USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service announced the reestablishment of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) and the newly appointed members of the committee for 2010-2012. Established in 1971, the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) advises the Secretary of the USDA on federal and […]

USDA Awards Wetland Enhancement Projects

July 15, 2010

On July 12, David White, Chief of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), announced 5 projects approved to receive funding through the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP). Under the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), the USDA purchases long-term or permanent easements to restore, protect and enhance wetland values and functions on  wetland that has been in […]

FSA Programs Get USDA Push

July 15, 2010

USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative recently highlighted Farm Service Agency (FSA) resources that can be used to expand and diversify farm businesses, preserve natural resources critical to future farm income and create links with local and regional food systems. The Farm Storage Facility Loan program was expanded by the 2008 Farm Bill […]

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Urges Senate to Enact Comprehensive Climate Change Legislation

July 13, 2010

Washington, D.C., July 13, 2010 – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition joined 64 sustainable agriculture and environmental groups from around the nation on a letter delivered to Senate leaders (see letter below), urging them to pass comprehensive climate change and energy legislation in this session of Congress. “Agriculture is especially vulnerable to the adverse […]

Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative Awards

July 12, 2010

On Friday, July 9, USDA announced the award of $6.6 million in FY2010 conservation funding for 26 Conservation Cooperative Partnership Initiative (CCPI) projects  in 15 states.   In addition, 4 projects were awarded $1.3 million under the special Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative of the CCPI. The CCPI supports special state and regional conservation projects that […]

Time Running Out for a Healthy School Lunch

July 9, 2010

ACTION ALERT July 9, 2010 Urge Your Representative to Move Forward Now on Farm to School Funding in the Child Nutrition Bill! If your Congressman sits on the House Education and Labor Committee – See Chart Below –  please make a call in support of a healthy school lunch. Time is running short for Congressional re-authorization […]

USDA Program for Voluntary Public Access on Farm, Ranch & Forest Land

July 8, 2010

Program Interim Rule On Thursday, July 8, USDA issued an interim rule for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill.  The Farm Bill authorizes $50 million in funding for the Program through FY 2012.  The basic goal of the program is to increase public access […]

California Bans Battery Cage Eggs As of 2015

July 8, 2010

The State of California will end the sale of eggs from out-of-state battery cage facilities beginning January 1, 2015. On Tuesday, July 6, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Assembly Bill No. 1437, which requires all sales in California of shell (whole) eggs for human consumption to comply with the state’s Prevention of Farm Animal […]

Farmers Agree, Mr. Vilsack: Farm Bill Should Emphasize Beginning Farmers

July 8, 2010

By Anna Jones-Crabtree from Vilicus Farm On July 1st, NSAC posted a blog to applaud Secretary Vilsack’s plea to Congress to support beginning farmers and to encourage USDA to walk the talk. Farmers agree.   Here is how Anna Jones-Crabtree from Vilicus Farm in Montana responded to our blog: We would not be farming if it […]

Say It Ain’t So Mr. Secretary!

July 2, 2010

One day.  Two House of Representatives hearings.  USDA schizophrenia. That is one of the story lines from Thursday, July 1. See here and here for  our earlier posts on Thursday’s Child Nutrition hearing and Conservation Program hearing. But now for the bigger, underlying story. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill needs to pass and needs to […]