Special Reports on New Food Safety Rules

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NSAC NEWS - All the latest Sustainable Agriculture News from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) including Special Reports on New Food Safety Rules, Direct Marketing Economic Impact, Cover Crop Survey Results, On Farm Storage Facility Loan Program, The GMO Labeling Bill, and more...

NSAC Issues Special Reports on New Food Safety Rules: The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released its first two “Special Reports” on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new food safety rules for produce farms and food processors under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). NSAC’s new Special Reports feature will be an opportunity for readers to obtain in-depth and comprehensive coverage of salient sustainable agriculture issues and programs. Understanding FDA’s FSMA Rule For Produce Farms Understanding FDA’s FSMA Rule for Food Facilities Direct-Marketing Farms Have Double the Regional Economic Impact: In honor of the upcoming National Farmers Market Week, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is proud to present this guest blog from Dr. Shermain Hardesty, Small Farm Program Leader the University of California (UC) Small Farm Program and Cooperative Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics at UC Davis. Cover Crop Survey Reflects Enthusiasm for the Soil Saving Practice: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program recently released the results of its 2015 – 2016 Cover Crop Survey, which assessed the benefits, challenges, and growth of cover crops. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is pleased to share the following summary analysis from SARE, which provides an overview of the study’s findings. Upcoming Webinar on the Newly Expanded Farm Storage Facility Loan Program: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, August 9 at 2:00pm EDT to provide information about the Farm Storage Facility Loan program and the expansions and improvements that have been made to it over the past two years. Register for the webinar here. GMO Labeling Bill Becomes Law: Now What?: On Friday, July 29, 2016 President Obama signed into law the GMO Labeling bill recently passed by Congress. This law preempts Vermont’s first-of-its-kind GMO Labeling law, which had just gone into effect on July 1, and authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a mandatory disclosure program for “bioengineered” (aka GMO) foods. Now that the law has been enacted, all eyes are on USDA, which has the primary responsibility of implementing the law. NSAC is Hiring a Grassroots Fellow: The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Grassroots Fellow for 2016-2017, beginning in September 2016 and ending in May 2017. This nine-month fellowship position is paid, full time, and located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please see the position description.

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