National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition News

Sustainable Agriculture Coalition News
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition NEWS Top 15 Wins for Sustainable Agriculture in 2015 With the end of the year just around the corner, we wanted to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for in 2015. There’s a lot to celebrate! From promoting conservation to empowering beginning farmers, here is our list of the “Top 15” highlights of 2015. CONGRESSIONAL NEWS  Congress Passes Final Funding Bill for 2016 As Washington, D.C. vacates for the holidays, Congress today passed final funding legislation–known as an omnibus appropriations package–to fund the government through September 30, 2016. Read our previous post for a detailed analysis of what the omnibus means for sustainable agriculture and food systems. Massive Year-End Funding Bill a Mixed Bag But Includes Significant Wins for Sustainable Agriculture Nearly three months after the end of the fiscal year, the House released a draft of the final appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2016. USDA NEWS  Final Actively Engaged Rule Preserves Unlimited Subsidies for the Biggest Farms USDA has released the final rule for implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill’s “actively engaged” provision that governs commodity program payment limitations. This final rule governs the ability of non-family partnerships and joint ventures to qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollar of extra federal subsidy payments.

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