Beginning and Minority Farmers

Ohio Beginning Farmer Testifies at House Ag Credit Hearing

April 15, 2011

On Thursday, April 14, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit held a hearing to review credit conditions in rural America.  The two panels primarily featured witnesses from different credit providers, from independent banks to federal loan providers. Among the witnesses was Matt Starline, a young farmer and owner of Starline Organics […]

Congress Releases Draft 6-Month Continuing Resolution

April 12, 2011

In the early morning of Tuesday, April 12, Congress released a draft of the 6-month continuing resolution (CR), agreed to by House and Senate Democrats and Republicans late last night. The CR would cut $42 billion relative to FY 2010 levels for non-defense spending, but couples that with a $4 billion increase in defense spending, […]

National Agricultural Landscapes Forum in Review

April 11, 2011

On Thursday and Friday, April 7-8, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), along with the Farm Foundation and American Farmland Trust, presented a two-day forum on landscape integrity and water security in the 21st century. As outlined in an earlier blog post, the National Agricultural Landscapes Forum followed a series five public meetings to gather […]

Appointments to Minority Farmer Advisory Committee Announced

April 5, 2011

On March 24 USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced appointments for the Agency’s new Minority Farmer Advisory Committee.  Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, the Committee will make recommendations to Vilsack on outreach and assistance for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, including increased participation in USDA programs and program and policy recommendations. The appointees, who will […]

Spanish Edition of NSAC’s Grassroots Guide to the 2008 Farm Bill

April 1, 2011

A result of a coordinated effort between NSAC and the Agriculture and Land-Base Training Association, the Spanish Edition of the Grassroots Guide to the 2008 Farm Bill is now available to download from our website. The Spanish edition of the Guide walks you through seven of the 2008 Farm Bill programs important to sustainable agriculture.  […]

House Holds Appropriations Hearing on Rural Development

March 31, 2011

On Thursday morning, March 31, the House Subcommittee on Agriculture Appropriations held a hearing on Rural Development in Fiscal Year 2012.  The hearing started with general remarks from subcommittee members regarding concern about the state of rural America, including a note that USDA Secretary Vilsack previously testified to the Subcommittee that rural America has been […]

Over 185 Groups Urge Congress to Oppose H.R. 1 Cuts to Sustainable Agriculture

March 1, 2011

On Tuesday, March 1, NSAC delivered two letters to Senate offices in opposition to the sustainable agriculture cuts contained in H.R. 1, the House-passed Continuing Resolution (CR).  The first letter was signed by 154 grassroots organizations from throughout the country, while the second letter was signed by 35 national conservation organizations. The common thread, running […]

USDA Announce Process to Resolve Discrimination Claims of Hispanic and Women Farmers

February 28, 2011

On Friday February 25, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General Tony West announced the establishment of a program to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert that they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans. The program provides up to $50,000 for each Hispanic or woman farmer […]

National Beginning Farmer Survey, Have You Participated?

February 28, 2011

Data on the challenges faced by today’s young and beginning farmers is hard to come by.  That’s why the National Young Farmers’ Coalition, in partnership with the Greenhorns and, is conducting a national survey to understand what’s working for beginning farmers, what’s not, and what policies they’d like to see in the next Farm […]

USDA Publishes Interim Rule for Value-Added Producer Grants

February 23, 2011

In June 2010, the USDA solicited public comments on the proposed rule  for implementation of the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.  This morning, after months of anticipation, the agency released the interim final rule.  Later this morning USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will hold a press call regarding the interim rule for VAPG. With the […]

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