General Interest


RELEASE: NSAC Releases Farmers’ Guide to Conservation Stewardship Program

November 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Michael Happmhapp@sustainableagriculture.netNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalition NSAC Releases Farmers’ Guide to Conservation Stewardship Program Publication helps farmers apply for nation’s largest working lands conservation program Thursday, November 19th, 2020 ⁠— As farmers start signing up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) across the country, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) today released its […]

RELEASE: USDA REVERSAL ON PAYMENT LIMITS SELLS OUT FARMERS

November 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Eric Deeble, Policy DirectorNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalitionedeeble@sustainableagriculture.net USDA Reversal on Payment Limits Sells Out Farmers Trump Administration’s Reversal on Commodity Subsidy Payment Limits Will Promote Abuse of the System and Lead to Greater Consolidation Washington, DC, November 18th, 2020 – Today, the Trump Administration announced its intention to reverse a key reform element of the […]

Inaugural Regional Food Systems Partnership Program Awards Announced

November 18, 2020

In October, the U.S. The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the inaugural round of grant awards for the Regional Food Systems Partnership (RFSP) program, providing $9.3 million in competitive grant funding for 23 projects.  RFSP supports the formation of public-private partnerships working at the foodshed-level to transform local and regional food […]

Is COVID-19 Aid Reaching Farmers?

November 18, 2020

The second iteration of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2) developed by USDA to help compensate farmers for losses due to the coronavirus pandemic is working much better and reaching more farmers than the first round of aid launched earlier this year. Since CFAP-2 opened to farmers on September 21, 2020 participation has been brisk […]

2019 NASS Survey Finds Big Gains for Organic

November 12, 2020

Demand for organic continues to defy expectations as consumers recognize its many benefits. Now new data underscore this trend. Organic agriculture saw a 31 percent increase in overall sales since 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2019 Organic Survey. The Organic Survey, conducted every five years, gathers […]

Farm to School Projects – $10 million in Grants Available and a New Streamlined Application Option

October 29, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the opening of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Farm to School (F2S) Grant  Program request for applications (RFA). Administered by the U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Office of Community Food Systems, the program provides farmers, schools, local government, and healthy food advocates […]

NSAC Co-Hosts Webinar on Black Farm Cooperatives

October 28, 2020

Introduction  Black farm cooperatives hold a unique role within the food sovereignty movement and cooperative organization history. Last month, NSAC facilitated a virtual panel alongside the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) to celebrate the accomplishments, history, and challenges of Black farm cooperatives in the United States. The webinar featured experts in cooperative development and history, […]

RELEASE: NRCS Releases EQIP Final Rule

October 23, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Deeble, Policy DirectorNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalitionedeeble@sustainableagriculture.net NRCS Releases EQIP Final Rule Rule affirms soil health as national priority to address climate change but misses the opportunity to support small-scale sustainable producers Washington, DC, October 23rd, 2020 – Today, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released its final rule for the Environmental Quality […]

USDA Awards $27 million to Support Local Food Projects

October 14, 2020

Local food systems and direct-to-consumer marketing through farmers markets, farm stands, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) programs have flourished across the country over the past several decades. Once viewed as a  fad or niche part of the food sector, local food systems and direct marketing agriculture are now an integral part of American agriculture and […]

RELEASE: CSP RULE FAILS FARMERS AND ENVIRONMENT

October 9, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Eric Deeble, Policy Specialist National Sustainable Agriculture Coalitionedeeble@sustainableagriculture.net CSP Rule Fails Farmers and Environment Trump Administration’s First Farm Bill Conservation Final Rule Flouts the Law Washington, DC, October 9th, 2020  – The Trump Administration published its first 2018 Farm Bill conservation title program final rule in today’s Federal Register.  The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) […]

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