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Get Ready to Partner! NRCS Issues CCPI Request for Applications

March 10, 2009

Posted by Martha Noble, NSAC’s Senior Policy Analyst On Tuesday, March 10, the Natural Resources Conservation Service,(NRCS) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), one of NSAC’s priority issues from the 2008 Farm Bill. The RFA is posted here. The Initiative provides farmers and ranchers with project-based conservation program […]

Weekly Update – March 6, 2009

March 7, 2009

ACTION NEEDED! The EQIP Comment Deadline Fast Approaching: You have until March 16th to tell USDA how to make EQIP work better for sustainable and organic farmers.  As the Bush Administration left office, they issued an interim final rule to implement the 2008 Farm Bill changes to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  The interim […]

Weekly Update – February 27 2009

March 2, 2009

ACTION NEEDED! Tell USDA to Make EQIP Work for Sustainable and Organic Farmers: As the Bush Administration left office, they issued an interim final rule to implement the 2008 Farm Bill changes to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  The interim rule has very substantial problems that need to be fixed, and the public comment […]

Weekly Update – February 20, 2009

February 21, 2009

THIS WEEK Bush Payment Limit Rules to Stay in Place for 2009: On Monday, February 16, USDA Secretary Vilsack stated his intention to review the farm commodity payment limitation interim regulations he inherited from the Bush Administration but to leave those rules in place for the 2009 crop year.  He made no promises, though, that […]

Weekly Update – February 13, 2009

February 13, 2009

THIS WEEK Economic Recovery Bill About to Become Law – Scorecard on Our Issues:  The House approved on a party-line vote the conference report for the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus bill Friday afternoon, with the Senate following Friday evening.  Early Friday morning the conference report became public and we quickly assessed our wins and […]

Weekly Update February 6, 2009

February 7, 2009

THIS WEEK Senate Continues Economic Recovery Bill Debate:  As we go to press, the Senate is still debating the economic recovery or stimulus bill.  Many major amendments to the bill have been and will be debated, none of which are getting more attention than the efforts of a handful of conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans […]

Towards a National Organic Action Plan

January 30, 2009

Come to the Summit Make Organic History! Five years of grassroots dialogue to shape a National Organic Action Plan (NOAP) for the U.S. will culminate in La Crosse, Wisconsin on February 25th and 26th when farmers and organic activists gather for the NOAP Summit. Summit participants will prioritize the many objectives that emerged from the […]

Weekly Update, January 23, 2009

January 24, 2009

THIS WEEK NSAC Urges Vilsack to Rescind Misleading “Naturally Raised” Meat Claim: As we reported last week, the Bush Administration went final on a new “naturally raised” meat marketing label claim on its final day in office. The new rule appeared in the Federal Register this Wednesday, the first full day of the Obama Administration. […]

Weekly Update – January 16, 2009

January 17, 2009

THIS WEEK House Releases Draft Stimulus Bill:  On Thursday, House Democratic leadership unveiled their 2-year, $825 billion draft economic recovery and reinvestment bill, consisting of: $275 billion in tax cuts $87 billion for temporary increase in Medicaid matching grants to states $79 billion in state fiscal relief $43 billion for increased unemployment benefits $41 billion […]

Smooth Sailing for Vilsack

January 14, 2009

Written by Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) The Senate Agriculture Committee held a two and a half hour confirmation hearing with USDA Secretary-nominee Tom Vilsack Wednesday morning in the cavernous auditorium in the Senate office building basement.  The session was efficient and without any major fireworks.  The former Iowa […]