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Policy Update - September 12

Selected News from the NSAC Weekly Roundup!

HILL NEWS

House Votes to Halt Clean Water Act Rulemaking Process

After a five-week August recess, the House of Representatives voted 262-152 this week to pass H.R. 5078, a bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) from finalizing and implementing the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule...

 

USDA NEWS

$328 Million for Agricultural Conservation Easements Awarded

On Monday, September 8, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $328 million in funding for 380 conservation easement projects as part of the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The projects will protect and restore 129,000 acres of farmland, grasslands, and wetlands across all 50 states...

 

Organic Certification Farmer Cost Share Funds Still Available

As the 2014 fiscal year comes to a close, organic farmers and handlers can still take advantage of nearly $13 million dollars in farm bill funding through two organic certification cost-share programs managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)...

 

New Report Identifies Changes Needed for USDA Agriculture Research

Earlier this week, the National Research Council (NRC) released a report calling for increased funding along with major changes to the Agriculture Food and Research Initiative - the U.S. Department of Agriculture's largest competitive research program. The report was commissioned by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which administers the program...

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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