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RELEASE: New Farmers’ Guide to the Value-Added Producer Grant Program Published

March 12, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Wes King, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition press@sustainableagriculture.net New Farmers’ Guide to the Value-Added Producer Grant Program PublishedNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalition announces updates to free guide, including new COVID-19 resources Washington, DC, March 12, 2021 – In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent announcement of at least $76 million in […]

Congress Clears Another Round of Pandemic Aid with Historic Support for BIPOC Farmers

March 11, 2021

This week, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, which will provide relief for farmers and strengthen food supply chains and processing capacity disrupted by the pandemic.

Contract Farmers Now Eligible for CFAP Aid

February 22, 2021

Update 3/1/21: USDA has announced that the application deadline listed below of February 26 has been eliminated and USDA’s Farm Service Agency will continue to accept applications while the agency undergoes a review of the CFAP program. Interested applicants will have at least an additional 30 days to sign up after any decision is announced. […]

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.

Farmers Feeding Families Act Would Prioritize Local Relief Efforts

May 20, 2020

With the official unemployment rate approaching 15 percent, the number of food insecure families is growing. This can be seen in a dramatic increase in applications for SNAP benefits and in the long lines at food banks and emergency feeding sites across the country. This difficult situation is made even worse because as the demand […]

RELEASE: USDA’s COVID-19 Farmer Relief Will Leave Out Farmers Most Impacted by Crisis

May 20, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Deeble, Policy Director National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition USDA’s COVID-19 Farmer Relief Will Leave Out Farmers Most Impacted by Crisis Thousands of Farmers and Ranchers Working to Feed their Communities Will Not be Fairly Compensated for Losses Washington, DC, May 20, 2020 – Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced the impending opening […]

Will the HEROES Act Rescue Farmers?

May 15, 2020

As farmers and communities across the country continue to struggle to adapt to the new normal that is life amidst a global pandemic, Congress set the stage this week for the fourth round of federal aid to combat this crisis. And while previous aid packages have addressed some of the most urgent relief, our nation’s […]

USDA COVID Aid Program Raises More Questions than Answers

April 28, 2020

USDA recently announced plans to distribute $19 billion in aid to farmers impacted by COVID, raising serious concerns about which farmers will benefit.

$3 Billion in Coronavirus Response Funds Available to Food Hubs and Distributors to Provide Fresh Food Boxes to Those in Need

April 22, 2020

Editor’s Note: The RFP has now been published and can be accessed below. We will continue to update this post as more information and resources become available. Last updated 4/27 at 5:02pm Late on a Friday night (4/17), Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the highly anticipated plan for how the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]