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USDA Programs Support Small Meat Processing Plants

July 16, 2020

There are a few existing federal programs that could be expanded to further support small, local, and regional meat and poultry processing plants and increase farmers’ access to slaughter and processing options.

Regional and Long-Term Agricultural Research Build Climate Resilience

July 16, 2020

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth blog in a series focusing on specific provisions included in the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA) introduced by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) in February 2020. The ARA represents the first comprehensive piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives addressing climate change and agriculture. Read blogs one, two, three, […]

NSAC Adopts Updated Principles on Immigration and Agriculture

July 13, 2020

Introduction Immigrant communities have played a crucial role in the cultural, economic, and political growth of our country. The farm and dairy economy especially depend on labor from migrant and immigrant people, often labor from undocumented people, who often live in precarious situations and receive little compensation or benefits. As recent headlines have shown, both […]

Combating the Climate Crisis Through Conservation

July 10, 2020

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth blog in a series that focuses on the provisions of the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA) introduced by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) in February 2020. The ARA represents the first comprehensive piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives addressing climate change and agriculture. Read our previous blogs in […]

RELEASE: FY 2021 House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Bill Finally Gives Farmers Hope

July 9, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Eric DeebleNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalition FY 2021 House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Bill Finally Gives Farmers Hope The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) commends appropriators for comprehensive funding of programs at levels that meet or exceed the priorities of the sustainable agriculture community for FY 2021. Washington, DC, July 9, 2020 –After months […]

Will $90 Million in Funding Hit the Mark for Sustainable Ag?

July 8, 2020

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced its 2019 awardees of its $90 million flagship Sustainable Agriculture Systems (SAS) program. First announced in 2018, the SAS program specifically focuses on systemic approaches to the challenges facing sustainable food production. As part of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) offering, SAS’s second […]

Agriculture Underscored in House Climate Committee Report

June 30, 2020

Major comprehensive federal legislation to deal with the global climate crisis is long overdue.  While no bills are likely to become law this year, the time is ripe for piecing together the key components of a new law for consideration in the 117th Congress (2021-22).  Even before next year, the House of Representatives will engage […]

RELEASE: Report Provides Legislative Path for Climate Resilient Agriculture

June 30, 2020

Report Provides Legislative Path for Climate Resilient Agriculture National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition applauds the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis for underscoring the critical role farmers and ranchers play in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Washington, DC, June 30, 2020 – On June 30, 2020 the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released […]

SBA Loan Deadline Extended — Recent Changes Make Aid a Better Fit for Farmers

June 25, 2020

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by the Farmers’ Legal Action Group. Find earlier reporting from FLAG on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on their website, and find NSAC’s initial reporting on PPP on our blog. The deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program, a COVID-19 relief program that can be useful to many […]

Is There Help from Congress on the Horizon?

June 25, 2020

The Food Supply Protection Act Americans continue to grapple with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and can now see its impacts on every aspect of their own lives and on the lives of others in their community. An uncoordinated and inconsistent federal response to the pandemic has caused great harm to the most vulnerable among us […]

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