The latest news about the Federal Budget, USDA Budget Proposal, Progress on Organic Insurance Options and More
USDA Secretary Testifies on Administration’s Budget Proposal One day after the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget was released, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue headed to Capitol Hill to testify before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. T. Perdue went before the Subcommittee in order to speak about the Administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal, and also took a considerable number of questions from representatives interested in better understanding his proposed “reorganization” of the Department.
USDA Budget Proposal: Cuts Would Spell Disaster for Rural America The outcry from farmers, farm and food groups, and Members of Congress came swiftly this week following the release of President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget proposal. By putting forward a budget proposal that so blatantly seeks to dismantle critical support programs for farmers and rural communities, President Trump has put the final nail in the coffin of an already tenuous relationship with American agriculture.
Release: USDA Budget Proposal Throws Administration’s Promises to Rural America Out the Window President Trump’s FY 2018 budget request – “A New Foundation for American Greatness” – seeks to cut nearly $230 billion (21 percent) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) bottom line, a reduction that would effectively cripple the Department’s ability to serve American family farmers effectively.
Progress on Organic Insurance Options and Data Collection According to two recent reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to Congress, the Department is making some significant progress in their effort to increase the availability of data on organic production as well as the availability of insurance options for organic producers. Quality production data and the expansion of insurance options are inexorably linked because a significant amount of reliable price and quantity data is needed to develop crop insurance products for producers.
NSAC is Hiring! Seeking a Northeast Grassroots Organizer NSAC is currently seeking a full-time Field Organizer to work on the ground in six New England states along with New York, coordinating grassroots advocacy campaign efforts on behalf of NSAC and the American Farmland Trust (AFT). This position is projected to last for a minimum of two years. To read more about the position, click here.