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Climate and Agriculture Legislation Roundup

October 1, 2020

Editor’s Note: The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) created a blog series on Rep. Chellie Pingree’s Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA), the first comprehensive piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives addressing climate change and agriculture. Blogs one through seven focus on specific provisions within the ARA; whereas this eighth and final blog in […]

Analyzing Food Safety Outreach Program Awards Through an Equity Lens

October 1, 2020

Since 2015, the Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP) has provided small and mid-sized farms, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors, and small-scale wholesalers with the training they need to comply with new food safety requirements included in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. To reach the aforementioned audiences, the program has largely focused on […]

RELEASE: The Strengthening Local Processing Act Addresses Critical Livestock and Poultry Supply Chain Issues

September 29, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Kelly Nuckolls, Policy Specialist National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition knuckolls@sustainableagriculture.net RELEASE: The Strengthening Local Processing Act Addresses Critical Livestock and Poultry Supply Chain Issues The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Applauds Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) for introducing a comprehensive bill to support small processing plants. Washington, DC, September 29th, […]

$22.6 Million Awarded to Support Organic Farming, Research

September 24, 2020

Research underpins the success of every farm – not least of all for organic agriculture. Cutting-edge innovations and science-based studies continue to advance this multi-billion dollar industry, at times with funding from the federal government. The National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced over $20 million in research investments to support organic farmers […]

RMA Releases Updates to the Whole Farm Revenue Protection Program

September 22, 2020

On August 20, 2020, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) approved new updates to the Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program. WFRP is a unique crop-neutral revenue insurance product available for diversified farming operations. Unlike traditional yield or revenue insurance, this product is not intended for a single specific crop, but for all the crops […]

More Money Now Available to Farmers Impacted by the Pandemic

September 22, 2020

This week, USDA is launching a second round of COVID-19 relief payments that will hopefully reach more farmers who were left out of previous aid programs. In this blog, we break down what farmers need to know about USDA’s revamped Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

COMMENT: New USDA Coronavirus Aid Offers Partial Improvement for Producers

September 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Deeble, Policy DirectorNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalitionedeeble@sustainableagriculture.net COMMENT: New USDA Coronavirus Aid Offers Partial Improvement for ProducersUSDA’s CFAP 2 Will Help More Producers but Misses the Mark in Key Areas Washington, DC, September 18, 2020 – Today, The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details of a new version of […]

New Urban Agriculture County Committee Accepting Nominations

September 16, 2020

One of the historic elements of the 2018 Farm Bill was the inclusion of dedicated resources and programs for urban agriculture, for the first time. Urban agriculture gives city residents a chance to purchase healthy foods from farmers not just in their state, but sometimes right in their very own neighborhoods. Urban farms can also […]

Grazing for Climate

September 9, 2020

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh 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, […]

Big 2020 Signup Numbers For CRP Grasslands

September 8, 2020

In July 2020, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that it accepted around 1.2 million new acres into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands initiative. These acres were accepted from applications submitted between March 16 and May 15, 2020. While other variations of CRP support conservation by removing land from cultivation for extended periods of […]

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