Policy Update - April 11

Selected News from the NSAC Weekly Roundup!


Press Release

Funding Restored For Beginning Farmer Training Programs

Today USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $19 million in funding for beginning farmer training grants through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).  This highly successful initiative, administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture... Read More...

Congressional News

Budget Finale, Appropriations Start up as Congress Leaves Town

Congress has just left town to return home for a two-week recess.  The House and Senate will not be back in session until the week of April 28.On its way out the door, the House barely managed to pass its budget resolution for 2015. The vote was 219-205, with a dozen Republican defectors joining all Democrats in voting no. Read More...


Senators Speak Up for Conservation Funding in 2015

On Friday, April 4, 26 Senators delivered a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees urging them to oppose cuts to conservation programs in fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations legislation. Read More...


Bill Introduced to Thwart State Efforts to Require GMO Labeling

The issue of labeling products that contain genetically modified (GMO) material is contentious and has faced strong opposition from many industry groups but has been backed aggressively by consumer advocacy groups.  It is estimated that 80 percent of food in the United States contains at least one genetically engineered ingredient... Read More...



New Local Food Procurement Guide for School Nutrition Programs

Last week, the Farm to School Program of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published Procuring Local Food for Child Nutrition Programs, a guide to help K-12 schools operating one or more Child Nutrition Programs with identifying and procuring locally grown and produced food for use at school cafeterias. Read More...


Conservation and Consumer Interests Again Excluded from Ag Research Advisory Board

After a lengthy nomination process, USDA announced yesterday the appointment of eight new members to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. Read More...


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