- NSAC Opposes National Leafy Green Marketing Agreement
- Standing up for the Local Food Economy …The Farm Credit Administration’s (FCA) proposal would require Farm Credit System (FCS) lending institutions to be more responsive to the credit needs of young farmers, small and mid-sized farms serving local and regional food systems, and limited resource and ethnically diverse farmers and ranchers.
- House Holds Hearing on USDA Research Programs
- Senate Holds Specialty Crop and Organic Hearing
- House Hearing on Commodity and Disaster Programs
- Farm Bill Nutrition Programs Hearing
- Hearing on Clean Energy, Biofuels and Rural Development
- Livestock Marketing Fairness Act Introduced in House
- One Week Until Government Default – Where Things Stand
- House, Senate, President Agree to Draft Debt Ceiling Deal
- Conservation Stewardship Program Update – Part One
- Conservation Stewardship Program Update – Part II
- Conservation Stewardship Program Update – Part III
- Celebrate National Farmers Market Week – August 7-13
- People’s Garden Grant Program – On Tuesday, July 26, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of USDA announced the availability of grants of up to $150,000 through its People’s Garden Grant Program. The program will fund projects to facilitate the creation of produce, recreational, and/or wildlife gardens in urban and rural areas, which will provide opportunities for food access and science-based informal education, particularly in urban and rural areas with persistent poverty or food insecurity. Approximately $725,000 in total funding is available.
- USDA Loan Program Can Help Finance New Meat Plants – USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food blog published the first of two articles on Rural Development’s grant and loan programs that can be used to develop or improve small meat and poultry processing plants.
- New Biomass Crop Assistance Program Projects Announced
- Regional IPM Centers Request for Applications Released
- Eat Locally, Comment Thoughtfully
- New Report On Economic Benefits of Local Food Systems On August 4, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released the report “Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems” by UCS agricultural economist Jeffrey O’Hara, an analysis of the growth, economic benefits, and challenges to expansion of local and regional food systems. O’Hara also makes policy recommendations to help local and regional food systems overcome such challenges and increase access to new markets for both producers and consumers.
- Wild Farm Alliance Guide to Food Safety and Wildlife Conservation
- Senators and Representatives with Farms Blog About Farm Bill
- Financing Measure Could Boost Farm Production in Food Deserts
- Farmers Come to DC to Talk Budget Priorities – On Wednesday, July 20, ten farmers from across the country converged on Washington, D.C. to speak with USDA officials and legislators about making sustainable agriculture a budget priority.
- Choices Magazine edition highlights Beginning Farmers & Ranchers