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Weekly Update – Fall Legislative Preview

September 8, 2009

ACTION NEEDED Act Now to Promote a Strong Conservation Stewardship Program! Sustainable and organic farming advocates have an important – but short – opportunity to help shape the implementation of the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), a working lands conservation program that provides payments to farmers for maintaining existing conservation practices and for adopting new […]

Weekly Update – September 1, 2009

September 2, 2009

BREAKING NEWS! #1 – New and Improved VAPG NOFA Issued: On Tuesday, September 1, USDA republished the 2009 Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG), an NSAC priority program.  The opening of the program for applications was originally published in the spring, but without key components of the 2008 Farm Bill included.  […]

Weekly Update – August 3-7, 2009

August 10, 2009

TAKE ACTION! Conservation Stewardship Program Sign Up — August 10 through September 30: Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has announced the first farmer sign up period for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).   The CSP will make payments to farmers for maintaining existing conservation practices and for adopting additional practices on cropland, grassland, improved pasture, […]

Weekly Update – July 27-31, 2009

August 4, 2009

ACTION NEEDED Remember to Take Action During the August Recess! August recess is a great opportunity for NSAC member organizations to meet with and get to know their members of Congress while they are at home in the district or the state.  It’s an opportunity to educate them about your organization and our issues without […]

Weekly Update – July 20-24, 2009

July 27, 2009

ACTION NEEDED Food Safety Bill on House Floor Tomorrow! As we go to press, we are waiting for more information about any changes made to HR 2749 — the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 — before it goes to the floor of the House tomorrow.  Please stay tuned for an action alert from us […]

Weekly Update – July 13-17, 2009

July 20, 2009

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT NSAC Releases Agriculture & Climate Change Position Paper: NSAC has finalized our climate change position paper entitled Climate Change and Agriculture: Impacts and Opportunities at the Farm Level. The paper details the superior performance of sustainable and organic agriculture systems in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sequestering soil carbon. It provides detailed […]

Weekly Update – July 6-10, 2009

July 13, 2009

NSAC FARMER FLY-IN On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 7 and 8, NSAC hosted a group of twenty farmers and representatives from NSAC member organizations for its annual appropriations and budget fly-in.  By a stroke of timing luck, the FY 10 appropriations bill was being voted on by the full House and going through markup in […]

Weekly Update – June 29-July 2, 2009

July 6, 2009

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Clean Water Network MS River Basin Caucus and NSAC State Technical Committee Workshop: On Monday afternoon July 20, NSAC is co-hosting a NRCS State Technical Committee Workshop with the Izaak Walton League of America in Minneapolis, MN. The Workshop will provide information on how farmers, ranchers, and grassroots organizations can participate in State […]

Weekly Update – June 22-26, 2009

June 29, 2009

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT VAPG NOSA Update:  A revised Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) has received upper-level USDA approval and we expect it to be published soon.  The new application will have a 90 day proposal period.  USDA will rescind the original NOSA and will be in touch with applicants who […]

Weekly Update – June 15-19, 2009

June 23, 2009

LAST WEEK House Appropriations Passes 2010 Ag Spending Bill:  Late at night on Thursday, June 18, the House Appropriations Committee approved by voice vote the Fiscal Year 2010 agricultural spending bill.  The bill will be on the House floor starting July 7 or soon thereafter.  The Senate appropriations subcommittee will get the Senate process started […]