Farm Bill News and More from NSAC

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Here is the latest news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition featuring Farm Bill News, Specialty Crop Block Grants, and the Federal Crop Insurance Programm

FARM BILL NEWS 

 Path to the 2018 Farm Bill: A Comprehensive Approach to Food and Farm Policy The latest Farm Bill news: Over the last year, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) held farm bill listening sessions, conducted surveys, and ran workshops across the country in an effort to gather feedback from farmers, ranchers, and food producing communities. The goal of these outreach efforts has been to better understand what programs and policies would best support a sustainable, equitable, and profitable agricultural system. Together with our 120 member organizations, NSAC used this stakeholder feedback to develop our 2018 Farm Bill recommendations and policy platform…READ MORE  

USDA NEWS  

NSAC Members Go For Big Impact in Specialty Crop Block Grant Projects USDA has recently announced over $60 million in awards for 678 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) projects in fiscal year (FY) 2017 that were approved by state departments of agriculture. Seventeen NSAC members received awards. SCBGP awards support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops (aka “specialty crops”) by funding research, extension and a wide variety other projects that producers’ to address unique challenges and enhance their competitiveness…READ MORE  CROP

INSURANCE NEWS  

The Federal Crop Insurance Program: Status and Sustainability Federal crop insurance is an important part of the farm safety net. As the program is currently structured, however, whether it is more of a constraint or benefit to a more sustainable agriculture system is open to debate. While agriculture sustainability is a multifaceted concept, if we look specifically at the diversification of cropping and livestock systems of production, publicly subsidized crop insurance may be inhibiting needed sustainable diversification of systems of production…READ MORE

 

Learn more about farm policy and agricultural politics at: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/farm-policy-agricultural-politics/

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