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Policy Update - August 22

Selected News from the NSAC Weekly Roundup!

Release: Grant Awards for Farm Business Development Announced by USDA
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that over 247 farm businesses from 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Micronesia will receive $25 million in grants from the 2014 round of the Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program.  The Value Added Producer Grants program awards competitive grants that facilitate the creation and development of value-added, farmer-owned businesses. Read more...

Farmers and Ranchers Awarded Value-Added Producer Grants

On August 19, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG) awards for Fiscal Year 2014 to 247 farm businesses in 46 states. The Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program contributes to farmer-led job and business creation in rural areas, while enhancing food choices for consumers. Read more...

Program Roundup - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program

SARE is a farmer driven research and education competitive grants program designed to help advance sustainable agriculture across the whole of American agriculture. SARE is administered through four regional councils of producers, researchers, educators, and government representatives that set SARE policies and make grants. Read more...

Deadline for Applications for Minority Farmer Assistance Grant Program
On Thursday, August 21st, the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) hosted a listening session on available funding for the Outreach and Technical Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers program – also known as the Section 2501 program.  The session provided organizations from across the country the opportunity to directly engage with OAO on the application process and timeline for review and award decisions. Read more...

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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