Policy Update - July 25

Selected News from the NSAC Weekly Roundup!


Senate Hearing on School Meals Highlights Challenges and Opportunities

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing entitled, “Meeting the Challenges of Feeding America’s School Children,” which examined the challenges and successes in serving healthier school meals across the country, as mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, also known as the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2010 (CNR).




New School Lunch Pilot for Locally-Grown Produce Accepting Applications from States

Yesterday, July 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a Request for Applications from states interested in participating in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill...


Funding Restored for Outreach and Assistance for Underserved Farmers
On Thursday, July 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the much anticipated, long delayed release of funding to support outreach and technical assistance for underserved farmers – including minority, tribal, and veteran producers.  USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) made the announcement that $9.1 million will be available in 2014 to make grants through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program – also known as the Section 2501 Program...

USDA Webinar on the Grass Fed Program for Small Livestock Operations
On Tuesday, August 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) will hold a webinar about the previously announced Grass-Fed Program for Small and Very Small (SVS) Producers.  The webinar will be held from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Time.  During the webinar AMS will provide an overview of the USDA Grass Fed program, the program website, and detailed information about the application and evaluation processes for gaining approval for livestock to the Grass Fed Standard.


Waters of the US: What's It All About?
There has been a lot of attention lately on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as it engages with the farming community on the proposed rule to define “Waters of the U.S.”  The so-called WOTUS rule would define which bodies of water fall under EPA’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction.  In this post, NSAC provides an update on where things stand with the proposed rule and the accompanying interpretive rule, and explores some of the confusions, myths, and facts surrounding both rules. 

Q&A on the "Waters of the US" Proposed Rule and Interpretive Rule
In an accompanying post, we provided an update on where things stand with the proposed rule and the accompanying interpretive rule, and explored some of the confusion surrounding both rules.  This Q&A breaks the issue down even further.


Potluck News


  • 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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