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Policy Update - September 26

Selected News from the NSAC Weekly Roundup!


FDA Revises Draft Food Safety Rules for Farms

On September 19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released revised language for two major proposed rules detailing standards for farms that grow fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) and for facilities that process food for people to eat...



NSAC Joins Twenty-Eight Groups in Supporting Funding for AFRI

On Monday September 22, twenty-eight members of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Coalition sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committees thanking them for the increase in funding for AFRI included in each of their Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bills...



Rural Microentrepreneur Assitance Program Awards Announced

On Wednesday, September 24, USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien announced $19.8 million in grant and loan funding under the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) to 44 organizations, enabling them to provide microloans and training and technical assistance to rural microentrepreneurs who are seeking to start or grow small businesses and create jobs...


Three Vermont Projects Receive USDA Grants to Promote Sustainable Agriculture and Local Foods

On September 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Rural Development agency announced almost $3 million in awards through the Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) and Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG) programs to promote sustainable economic development in rural regions...



Rural Poverty Rates and Income Improving Slowly

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released its report Income

and Poverty in the United States: 2013, which showed the number of Americans living in poverty declining for the first time since 2006, but with the poverty rate in rural America still higher than the national level...


Potluck News


  • Food Safety Moderation Act Rule: Next Steps
    The comment period for all of FDA's revised rules is open. Prepare yourself for action!
  • Fighting for Livestock Farmers' Rights
    Which NE politicians have stood up for our region's farmers. What are we doing to help?
  • A Model Network: NSAC
    Managing Director Jeremy Emmi shares insights into the source of NSAC’s strength.
  • Calling for Ag & Food Research Reforms
    National Research Council's new report calls for more funding and major changes to AFRI.



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Map of the Month: Farm Loss, 2007-2012

Each red dot on this Census of Agriculture map represents 20 farms that are no more, and each blue dot represents 20 new farms. In just five years, the US experienced a net loss of 90,000 farms. (Download as a PDF to magnify.)


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