USDA Introduces Online Farm Link Tool for Beginning Farmers

December 13, 2010

On Monday, December 13, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of TIP Net, an online tool to help link retiring farmers who have expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts with beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers who want to buy or rent land for their operations. CRP contracts covering millions of acres of […]

USDA Releases FY11 RFA for Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

December 2, 2010

On November 30, 2010, USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released the FY 2011 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), USDA’s flagship competitive grants program for organic agriculture research, education, and extension.  Applications are due February 10, 2011. This year, OREI anticipates that $19 million will […]

Workshop, New Guide for Organic Farmers and Ranchers

November 19, 2010

This week, the Organic Farming Research Foundation hosted a workshop in Davis, California with organic farmers and ranchers and staff of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).   The workshop explored and identified ways that NRCS programs and conservation technical assistance can better work for farmers and ranchers using organic farming systems.  About 55 participants […]

Upcoming eOrganic Webinars on Climate Change and Cover Crops

November 4, 2010

Throughout November and December, eOrganic, an organic agriculture resource with extensions around the country, will host several webinars on climate change and cover crops.  The upcoming free webinars include: Impact of Organic Grain Farming Methods on Climate Change by Michel Cavigelli of the USDA-ARS Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab in Beltsville, Maryland. In this webinar, Dr. […]

NIFA Announces Organic Research and Extension Grants

October 27, 2010

Today, October 27, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 30 grants totaling over $22 million to enhance the ability of organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. In announcing the awards, NIFA Director Roger Beachy noted “More and more farmers are adopting organic agriculture practices to produce […]

NOP Releases Draft Guidance Documents for Comment

October 13, 2010

USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has released five draft guidance documents for public comment, according to the notice published today in the Federal Register.  Comments are due by December 13, 2010, and can be submitted here. Guidance documents provide interpretations of NOP statutory and regulatory requirements in order to assist those who own, manage, or […]

Organic Agriculture Grows in Northern Tier

October 8, 2010

Organic farming grew steadily from 2005-2008 in the Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes Minnesota, Montana, North and South Dakota, 26 counties in northwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, according to an article published in the October 2010 FedGazette. The rate of acreage certified as organic grew faster than the national average in […]

SARE Posts Audio and Presentations from Sustainable Ag Symposium

October 8, 2010

In September, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Organic Farming Research Foundation co-sponsored an all-day symposium to discuss the recently published National Research Council report Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century. On October 8, USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), another co-sponsor of the event, announced that audio transcripts and powerpoint presentations are now available […]

37 Programs Will Lose Baseline Funding in 2012 Farm Bill

October 7, 2010

On September 29, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a new report, “Previewing the Next Farm Bill: Unfunded and Early-Expiring Provisions,” which details the 37 programs that will no longer have baseline funding in the next farm bill cycle. Together, these programs account for $9-10 billion dollars (depending on estimation approach), or 4% of the […]

Photos: Michelle Obama and UN Spouses Visit Stone Barns Center

September 27, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama treated the spouses of world leaders participating in the UN General Assembly to a local, organic luncheon at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, an NSAC member group (see last week’s post).  The 31 “first spouses,” representing a diversity of countries including Cameroon, Estonia, Gabon, Norway, Panama and Sierra […]

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