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 The latest news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) featuring Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) updates, Farm Bill news, and much, much more
USDA NEWS 
 
$15 Million Awarded for Wetland Conservation Projects
Yesterday, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that WREP would award $15 million in partnership grants across seven states: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. This funding will support conservation efforts in high-priority watersheds across the nation; in total, these WREP-supported projects will help to protect, restore or enhance over 25,000 acres of vulnerable wetlands.READ MORE
 
NCR-SARE Honors Sustainability Heroes, NSAC Senior Strategic Advisor
 
Ferd Hoefner, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s (NSAC) Senior Strategic Advisor was recently awarded the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE) Hero award, and he accepted the prize at this week’s NCR-SARE Administrative Council meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ferd was honored with two other friends of NSAC, Margaret Krome of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, formerly of the Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Network, who also received the NCR-SARE award.READ MORE
 
SARE Reoundup: News on Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
 
This is the latest in a series of periodic blog posts on the happenings in each of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) regions, focusing on project solicitations and grant award announcements.READ MORE
 
 
CONGRESSIONAL NEWS 
 
House Budget Committee Spending Proposal Could Derail Farm Bill 
 

Late in the evening of July 17th, following over twelve hours of debate and markup, the House Budget Committee passed its budget parameters for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The budget, which was voted out of Committee along partisan lines (22 Republicans voting in favor and 14 Democrats against), includes an immediate $10 billion 10-year cut to farm bill food and agricultural programs – a move that promises to cause problems, if not wholly derail, the upcoming farm bill negotiations.READ MORE


Senate Appropriators Prioritize Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development  

Following closely on the heels of the House Agriculture Appropriation Subcommittee’s funding bill, which was approved by the full House Appropriations Committee last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced its agriculture appropriations funding measure for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The Senate bill moved quickly through the Subcommittee and full Committee approval process, with just two days from Subcommittee to full Committee passage. This appropriations bill funds the major programs and functions of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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FARM BILL NEWS 
 
The Numbers Behind the Farm BIll: Budget Questions, SNAP, and the Farm Bill Coalition
 
This is the fourth of a four-part series explaining the background budget information that will be used to craft the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. In this series on the new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) baseline for the major farm bill programs, we have explored the significance of the overall numbers, delved in on commodity and conservation program funding, and reviewed the set of programs that are funded directly by the farm bill but do not yet have permanent farm bill funding.READ MORE

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