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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 […]

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 […]

Enrollment Opening Soon: Farmers in Chesapeake and Great Lakes Watersheds Encouraged to Apply for CLEAR30

June 11, 2020

Farmers understand that the rain that falls on their land does not always stick around. For some, it flows through tributaries towards the Mississippi River and down to the Gulf of Mexico. For others, it makes passes through the soil, into drainage tiles, into creeks, and into other iconic bodies of water like the Great […]

There is No Future for Sustainable Food and Farming Without Racial Justice

June 8, 2020

Last month, the world witnessed yet another killing of a Black person in America at the hands of police. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition grieves the murder of George Floyd and stands with those calling for justice for Mr. Floyd, for Ahmaud Arbery, for Tony McDade, for David McAtee, for Breonna Taylor, and for every […]

New Hub of Activity for Good Food Policy

June 5, 2020

In May, as the country grappled with an emerging global pandemic and unprecedented demand for food assistance, a national collaboration of organizations working on food systems and healthy food access officially launched the Nutrition Incentive Hub. Funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute for Food and […]

New Team At USDA To Help New Farmers

June 4, 2020

USDA has finally filled key new positions to ensure beginning farmers are fully supported and able to get the help they need to grow their farm.

Farmers Impacted by COVID-19 Now Eligible to Defer FSA Loan Payments

May 28, 2020

USDA recently announced changes to federal farm loan programs that may provide immediate, short-term relief to some farmers impacted by the COVID pandemic. However, there are important details and restrictions that farmers need to know about to see if they are eligible for relief.

What Farmers Need to Know About the USDA COVID-19 Aid Program Opening Next Week

May 22, 2020

USDA recently announced details of the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) which will open for enrollment on May 26, 2020. CFAP will provide $16 billion in aid to farmers who suffered economic losses due to the pandemic. NSAC is glad to see relief begin to flow to farmers, but there are several shortcomings in the program that will make it more difficult for some farmers to seek relief. In this blog, we break down what farmers need to know about this new program.

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