The latest news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) including information on the GOP Platform on Agriculture, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative, and an NSAC Fall Internship...GOP Platform on Agriculture Separates Instead of Unites This week, on the first day of their national convention, the Republican Party released their 2016 platform. Positions on agricultural issues in the platform ranged from the very general to the very specific, but overall its approach imagined farmers, the public, and the government each existing in vacuums – or to use a farm term, in silos. Outlined is a brief summary of the Republican platform’s positions on a few key agricultural policy issues. Guest Post: From Cover Crops to High Tunnels This article was originally published by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), an NSAC member organization. Their post highlights the benefits of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative, which provides financial and technical assistance to support the implementation and installation of conservation practices tailored to organic producers. Despite the significant benefits that the Organic Initiative can provide for farmers transitioning to organic production, participation in the program continues to decline. NSAC and our partners call upon NRCS to refocus EQIP-OI on organic conversion and transitioning farmers. NSAC is Hiring a Fall Policy Intern The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Policy Intern for the fall term beginning late August 2016 and lasting until early January 2017. This position is paid, full time, and is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please see the position description.