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Farmers Feeding Families Act Would Prioritize Local Relief Efforts

May 20, 2020

With the official unemployment rate approaching 15 percent, the number of food insecure families is growing. This can be seen in a dramatic increase in applications for SNAP benefits and in the long lines at food banks and emergency feeding sites across the country. This difficult situation is made even worse because as the demand […]

RELEASE: USDA’s COVID-19 Farmer Relief Will Leave Out Farmers Most Impacted by Crisis

May 20, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Deeble, Policy Director National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition USDA’s COVID-19 Farmer Relief Will Leave Out Farmers Most Impacted by Crisis Thousands of Farmers and Ranchers Working to Feed their Communities Will Not be Fairly Compensated for Losses Washington, DC, May 20, 2020 – Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced the impending opening […]

Will the HEROES Act Rescue Farmers?

May 15, 2020

As farmers and communities across the country continue to struggle to adapt to the new normal that is life amidst a global pandemic, Congress set the stage this week for the fourth round of federal aid to combat this crisis. And while previous aid packages have addressed some of the most urgent relief, our nation’s […]

$20 Million Available to Support Veterans and Respond to Farm Stress

May 13, 2020

USDA recently announced the availability of $20 million to to support farmer mental health and training for military veterans.

Ways to Improve Land-Linking Through the Transition Incentives Program

May 7, 2020

Access to farmland remains one of the most difficult challenges that new and historically underserved farmers face when getting started in agriculture. One of the tools to help connect farmers with available farmland is the Conservation Reserve Program – Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP), which encourages landowners to transition CRP farmland to beginning, socially disadvantaged and […]

A Deeper Dive: The Regional Conservation Partnership Program Rule

May 6, 2020

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) has helped conserve thousands of acres across the country by promoting partnerships between producers and organizations, with support from the federal government. These partnerships, most often led by non-profit conservation organizations, involve sometimes hundreds of landowners and work to address resource concerns across landscapes and watersheds. Earlier this year, […]

National Guide to Finding Local Food

April 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our country’s food system from farm to fork. Social distancing and other response strategies have upended agricultural markets throughout the country, including local and regional markets; and transformed the way individuals and families shop for, purchase and consume food. That transformation has brought with it a big uptick of interest […]

USDA COVID Aid Program Raises More Questions than Answers

April 28, 2020

USDA recently announced plans to distribute $19 billion in aid to farmers impacted by COVID, raising serious concerns about which farmers will benefit.

USDA Announces New COVID Rapid Response Research Program

April 23, 2020

The nation’s food system and agriculture supply chains have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Significant impacts are being felt across the entire food and agriculture sector including the reduction in operation of restaurants, farmers markets, processing and packaging facilities, to name a few. Farmers and ranchers have voiced the strong need for intervention to […]

$3 Billion in Coronavirus Response Funds Available to Food Hubs and Distributors to Provide Fresh Food Boxes to Those in Need

April 22, 2020

Editor’s Note: The RFP has now been published and can be accessed below. We will continue to update this post as more information and resources become available. Last updated 4/27 at 5:02pm Late on a Friday night (4/17), Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the highly anticipated plan for how the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

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