Comment: NSAC Responds to House Agriculture Committee Markup of the Farm, Food, and National Security Act
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by Laura Zaks
1d ago
For Immediate Release Contact: Laura Zaks National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition press@sustainableagriculture.net Tel. 347.563.6408 Comment: NSAC Responds to House Agriculture Committee Markup of the Farm, Food, and National Security Act Washington, DC, May 24, 2024 – Early this morning, the US House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture reported the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024 (HR 8467), out of committee on a vote of 33-21. In response, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released the following comment, attributable to Mike Lavender, NSAC Policy D ..read more
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Release: House Farm Bill Misses Opportunity to Move Agriculture Forward
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by Laura Zaks
5d ago
For Immediate Release Contact: Laura Zaks National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition press@sustainableagriculture.net Tel. 347.563.6408 Release: House Farm Bill Misses Opportunity to Move Agriculture Forward Washington, DC, May 20, 2024 – On Friday, May 17, the House Agriculture Committee released the long-awaited Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024 (FFNSA). The 942 page discussion draft arrived just six days ahead of an expected Committee markup on May 23. “The Farm, Food, and National Security Act fundamentally fails to meet the moment. The bill dramatically increases subsidies ye ..read more
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Funding Available to Support Underserved Farmers: A Look at USDA’s 2501 Grants
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by Nick Rossi
1w ago
Photo Credit: USDA by Preston Keres. Last week, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $22.3 million in funding for 2501 grants to help organizations conduct targeted outreach and provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers.  The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, more commonly known as the “2501 Program” and administered by USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE), helps to ensure that historically underserved producers have equitable access to the information, programs, and opportun ..read more
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Release: NSAC Responds to House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill Summary
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by Laura Zaks
1w ago
For Immediate Release Contact: Laura Zaks National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition press@sustainableagriculture.net Tel. 347.563.6408 Release: NSAC Responds to House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill Summary Washington, DC, May 15, 2024 – On Friday, May 10, the House Agriculture Committee released the most detailed summary of its farm bill draft to date, ahead of the anticipated May 23 markup. The latest summary – released just days before full legislative text is expected – offers insights into Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson’s (R-PA-15) approach to the House farm bill. “The National Sustaina ..read more
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How People Power Local Food Systems
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by Laura Zaks
2w ago
Editor’s Note: This blog post is the second in a series highlighting how recent supply chain investments were unique and pivotal in expanding infrastructure to respond to growing farmer demand, reducing costly wait times, and reaching diversified operations. Part Three will move further along the supply chain, taking a deeper look at how federal market opportunities support the success of efficient regional food systems.  As described in the first part of this series, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a framework and series of investments targeting regional supply chains ..read more
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Release: NSAC Welcomes FDA’s Risk Based Approach to the Final Rule on Pre-Harvest Agricultural Water
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by Laura Zaks
3w ago
For Immediate Release Contact: Laura Zaks National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition press@sustainableagriculture.net Tel. 347.563.6408 Release: NSAC Welcomes FDA’s Risk Based Approach to the Final Rule on Pre-Harvest Agricultural Water  Work Remains to Fully Support Farmers in Compliance Washington, DC, May 3, 2024 – Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the Final Rule on Pre-Harvest Agricultural Water, which finalizes a series of updates to Subpart E of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.  This is one of the remaining components of ..read more
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Release: NSAC Welcomes Pragmatic Senate Proposal as a Concrete Step Toward a Bipartisan Farm Bill Reauthorization
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by Laura Zaks
3w ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Zaks National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition press@sustainableagriculture.net  Tel. 347.563.6408 Release: NSAC Welcomes Pragmatic Senate Proposal as a Concrete Step Toward a Bipartisan Farm Bill Reauthorization Washington, DC, May 1, 2024 – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) applauded the renewed momentum toward a bipartisan farm bill reauthorization prompted by the Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow’s (D-MI) release of a detailed section-by-section description of its farm bill reauthorization proposal ..read more
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Organic Research Funding: Examining and Refuting USDA’s Justifications for Decreasing Dedicated Organic Funding
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by Laura Zaks
3w ago
Editor’s Note: This blog post was co-written by OFRF’s Senior Policy and Programs Manager, Gordon Merrick, in collaboration with partners at NSAC. The post is available on the OFRF website as well. The authors are grateful to work alongside our coalition partners to amplify and strengthen the organic movement. As the world becomes increasingly attuned to the sustainability and health implications of our food systems, the role of organic agriculture has never been more crucial. Organic management has been shown to not only build resilience in ecological systems, but also in economic ..read more
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USDA Announces Recipients of New Health Food Financing Expansion Grant
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by Laura Zaks
1M ago
Photo credit: USDA Last week, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) announced that it will partner with Reinvestment Fund, a national mission-driven financial institution, to fund 16 public-private partnerships. As an expansion of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), the Local and Regional Healthy Food Financing Partnerships Program (the HFFI Partnerships Program) will provide technical or financial assistance (including loans).  This is the inaugural round of the HFFI Partnerships Program, and they awarded over $40 million in grants to 75 partners in 20 ..read more
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Take Action: This Farm Bill Should Center Conservation, Not Consolidation 
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by Billy Hackett
1M ago
This week, farmers, consumers, and advocates across the country are making calls to Congress with a central message: pass a farm bill for all farmers that centers conservation, not consolidation. Farm bill negotiations may be heating up once again after a standstill that has left members of Congress divided about what to prioritize. Now is the time to act.  Take Action! This week is the Farm Bill for All Farmers Week of Action: Conservation Not Consolidation.  Farm safety net subsidies reward an industrial farming model that contributes to climate change, soil erosion, and farmland ..read more
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