Policy Update - July 11

Selected News from the NSAC Weekly Roundup!

CONGRESSIONAL NEWS

House Subcommittee Votes to Curtail Environmental Protections

On Wednesday, July 9, the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and related agencies in fiscal year (FY) 2015, which begins on October 1, 2014.  The bill cuts EPA funding by $717 million, or 9 percent, relative to current already tight spending levels.  Funding for the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within DOI remained largely intact.  Most strikingly, the bill contains 35 separate policy riders aimed at curtailing the Obama Administration’s implementation of key environmental protections.  Read more...

USDA NEWS

Conservation Stewardship Program Renewal Process Starting

Farmers and ranchers who enrolled in the the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in 2010 can re-enroll their farms for another five years by submitting a renewal application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS).  The window to apply to re-enroll extends from July 11 to September 12.  Read more...

Potluck News

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Protect Workers from Pesticide Exposure
    Comment on the EPA’s proposed Worker Protection Standard changes before the deadline. Read more. >
  • Nominate Yourself for BFRDP's Review Panel
    Represent our region’s interests in this competitive process.  Read more. >
  • New England Food Policy Report
    Read the recently released report, a collaboration of NESAWG, American Farmland Trust and the Conservation Law Foundation. Read more. >

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Map of the Month: Factory Farms

Food & Water Watch created this interactive map to illustrate something that people in rural America have known for a long time: factory farms farms have grown in number, and these facilities are over- whelming some regions of the country, including parts of our region.

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