Commodity, Crop Insurance & Credit Programs


RFA Roundup: Spring 2020 Funding Opportunities

March 4, 2020

Editor’s Note: As the COVID-19 situation progresses, we will continue to update this blog with the latest available information on deadline extensions. Last updated: March 26, 2020. With the fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget in place, USDA has begun releasing funding opportunities for FY 2020. While a flood of grant program announcements is generally good […]

RELEASE: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Sets 2020 Policy Priorities

February 6, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana KovalcikNational Sustainable Agriculture CoalitionP: 202-547-5754, E: rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net  National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Sets 2020 Policy Priorities Washington, DC, February 4, 2020 – Last week, representatives from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s (NSAC) 130+ member organizations voted on a final set of policy and funding priorities to guide the Coalition’s work through 2020. “This collaborative priority […]

Whole Farm Revenue Protection Program: 2017 – 2018 Trends

December 12, 2019

It has been five years since the 2014 Farm Bill created Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) – a new crop insurance policy championed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) for its potential to level the playing field for producers underserved by other federal crop insurance options. WFRP replaced two former policies – Adjusted Gross Revenue […]

COMMENT: New Changes to Whole Farm Revenue Protection Will Make Program More Accessible

August 30, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 202-547-5754, rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net New Changes to Whole Farm Revenue Protection Will Make Program More Accessible Washington, DC, August 20, 2019 – Following approval by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board in June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced important […]

Lending to Farmers of Color and Women: New Report Examines Trends and Barriers

August 27, 2019

Editor’s Note: This post developed by Emily Miller (NSAC Policy Intern) and Tyneshia Griffin (NSAC Grassroots Intern) For many farmers and ranchers interested in acquiring land, purchasing major equipment, and even establishing conservation practices, access to credit is a must. However, many producers and aspiring producers of color, as well as female producers, have reported […]

Difficult Planting and Cover Crop Decisions Compounded by Policy Uncertainty

June 27, 2019

Heavy, consistent rain and flooding so far this year have significantly obstructed planting for farmers in the Midwest and throughout the country. For farmers who cannot plant, there are a variety of options (including planting cover crops), but in some cases the details remain murky – complicating farmers’ planting decisions. This blog briefly discusses those […]

Much Needed Improvements to Whole Farm Revenue Protection

June 21, 2019

All farmers deserve access to a farm safety net that protects against the inherent risks of farming. However, the vast majority of federal crop insurance policies sold in the U.S. today are designed for farmers who grow a single crop – leaving diversified grain, livestock, and produce operations with few options to manage risks on […]

RELEASE: Agricultural Census Shows Continued Shrinking of Ag of the Middle

April 11, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 202-547-5754, rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Agricultural Census Shows Continued Shrinking of Ag in the MiddleNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalition expresses concern about increasing consolidation in agriculture, urges increased investment in Census “bright spots” like growing organic and local food sectors Washington, DC, April 11, 2019 – A new census […]

2018 Farm Bill by the Numbers

December 21, 2018

The farm bill is complex package of legislation – like other authorizing bills, the bill’s primary focus is on policies and programs, but unlike many authorization bills, the farm bill also provides direct funding for many of the programs it authorizes. Farm bill programs, therefore, have two ways to receive funding: mandatory (or direct) funding through the […]

2018 Farm Bill Drilldown: Commodity Programs and Crop Insurance

December 14, 2018

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth post in a multi-part blog series analyzing the final 2018 Farm Bill, which was released on December 11, 2018 by the leaders of the Farm Bill Conference Committee. Previous posts focused on local and regional food and beginning/socially disadvantaged farmers, organic agriculture, conservation, and research and plant breeding. The bill was passed by the House […]

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