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Inaugural Regional Food Systems Partnership Program Funding Opportunity Announced

March 31, 2020

Local and regional food economy entrepreneurs and organizations received some long-awaited news earlier in March – the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) finally released the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Regional Food Systems Partnership (RFSP) Program. RFSP is a new program that supports foodshed-level approaches to developing regional food economies. […]

A Closer Look at Farmer Relief in Senate Pandemic Aid Package

March 26, 2020

As farmers and communities all across the country continue to deal with the impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Congress has been working around the clock to pass another round of emergency aid – this time targeted at small businesses and those who have lost income as a result of the crisis (including farmers), as […]

RELEASE: NSAC Applauds First Step Toward Aid for Farmers in Senate Pandemic Package

March 25, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Deeble National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 504-473-6110, edeeble@sustainableagriculture.net RELEASE: NSAC Applauds First Step Toward Aid for Farmers in Senate Pandemic Package National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Commends Congress for Important First Step Toward Supporting Farmers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Washington, DC, March 25, 2020 – Today, Senate leadership announced a bipartisan deal […]

$27 million in Grant Funding Available for Farmers Markets and Local Food Projects

March 24, 2020

On March 9, 2020  USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of $27 million in funding for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP). FMLFPP has two subprograms – the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) – with a separate Request for Applications (RFA) for each […]

COVID-19 Economic Impact on Local Food Markets

March 23, 2020

The following economic impact assessment was compiled on March 18, 2020 for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition by Dawn Thilmany, Becca Jablonski, Debra Tropp, Blake Angelo, and Sarah Low. More information about the authors can be found at the end of the document. Last updated March 21, 2020. Bottom Line Across key local and regional […]

RELEASE: NSAC Response to COVID-19 and its Impacts on the Farm and Food System

March 19, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Deeble National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 202-547-5754, edeeble@sustainableagriculture.net RELEASE: NSAC Response to COVID-19 and its Impacts on the Farm and Food System National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition calls on Congress to Support the Most Vulnerable Farmers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Washington, DC, March 19, 2020 – The rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic is already […]

NSAC’s Response to COVID-19

March 19, 2020

NSAC and our 130+ members are collaborating, and organizing to support farmers, food system workers, and families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EQIP Signups Ongoing – Reach Out to Your NRCS Office!

March 16, 2020

Signup deadlines for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) vary by state, and there are many deadlines coming up at the end of March or even later in the Spring!

USDA Small Plant Roundtables Continue in 2020

March 11, 2020

Blog co-authored with Simone Benz, Sustainable Food Center Last month, the Niche Meat Processors Assistance Network, along with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and the Sustainable Food Center (SFC), hosted the first small and very small meat and poultry processing roundtable of 2020 in Austin, TX. We were excited to welcome the United States […]

RELEASE: Farmer Driven Conservation Outcomes Act to Strengthen Federal Conservation Programs

March 11, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Deeble National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 202-547-5754, edeeble@sustainableagriculture.net Farmer Driven Conservation Outcomes Act to Strengthen Federal Conservation Programs National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition applauds effort by Senators Bob Casey and Shelly Moore Capito, and Representatives Marcia Fudge and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson Washington, DC, March 11, 2020 – The Farmer Driven Conservation Outcomes Act, […]

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