News from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

March 23, 2012 - 2:09 pm No Comments

Farming for the Future: NSAC Releases 2012 Farm Bill Policy Platform
Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released its 2012 Farm Bill policy platform, Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Food & Farm Bill.  The platform is the culmination of two years of policy work with a broad, diverse coalition of over 90 grassroots organizations from across the country.  It reflects the real, urgent needs of farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs. Read more…

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Senate Bill Will Restore Common Sense Rules to Farm Subsidies
On Wednesday, March 21, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) introduced a bipartisan bill that would place a hard cap on farm payments and close current loopholes to ensure payments flow to working farmers. The Rural America Preservation Act of 2012 will restore integrity and fiscal responsibility to federal farm policy during this time of budgetary constraints, and NSAC will be advocating for its inclusion in the 2012 Farm Bill. Read the rest…

Stripped Down House Farm Bill by April 27?
Members and readers have been calling and writing asking for insight into what the House budget resolution — introduced on March 20, passed out of the House Budget Committee on March 21, and headed to a vote on the House floor next week — means for the new farm bill.  We will do our best to try to make sense of the complex and still unfolding situation in simple terms.  Read more…

House Agriculture Subcommittee Holds Hearing To Identify Duplicative Rural Development Programs
Today, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing to identify duplicative federal rural development programs.  The hearing focused on reducing duplication, fragmentation, and overlap in rural development programs for a 2012 Farm Bill.  USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager and Government Accountability Office (GAO) Director of Financial Markets and Community Investment, William Shear testified as witnesses. Read more…

Bill to Improve Rural Energy for America Program Introduced
On Thursday, Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced Senate Bill 2225 that reauthorizes and amends the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  REAP provides agricultural producers and rural businesses with grants and loans for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.  The Program also provides grant funding for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. Read more…

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