May 27 news round-up from NSAC:
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- Sen. Stabenow Holds First 2012 Farm Bill Hearing
- Breathtaking in its Recklessness – “…the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee adopted a government funding bill that if passed would turn back decades of progress to achieve a more sustainable and just food and farming system.
- House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Passes FY2012 Funding Bill – “…which would cut USDA and FDA discretionary programs by 13.4 percent on top of a similar amount in the FY 2011 bill completed last month.
- House FY2012 Appropriations Bill Would Slash Conservation, Rural Development, and Research Programs
- National Organic Certification Cost Share Program Releases 2011 Report to Congress
- Lawsuit to Restrict Antibiotic Use in Industrial Animal Production – “…NSAC members the Food Animal Concerns Trust and the Union of Concerned Scientists joined the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Public Citizen in a lawsuit to compel the federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to citizen petitions requesting that FDA take action to limit the use of antibiotics in the production of livestock and poultry…”
- Organic Transitions Program Grant Applications Now Open – On Tuesday, May 24, USDA released the Request for Applications (RFA) for its Organic Transitions Program. The overall goal of the Organic Transitions Program is to support the development and implementation of research, extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are newly adopting organic practices…
- Health Promotion and Economic Development Funding Can Support Sustainable Agriculture – “On May 20, the Obama administration announced the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a sixteen-agency collaboration that will offer up to $33 million in funding to encourage public-private partnerships of regional industry clusters. Regional industry clusters (RICs) that promote workforce development and a broad base of related industries can apply for up to $2.2 million in federal agency funding...“