Latest News from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Latest News from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, End of January, 2013 CONGRESSIONAL NEWS Budget Debate Takes New Turns, with Unclear Impact on Agriculture- Sometimes Washington spends a lot of time talking about how and when to proceed to looming big issues.  And sometimes those process and timing decisions are very important.  And sometimes the situation surrounding those process issues is very fluid.  This is one of those times.  Read more... New House GOP Debt Ceiling Plan Could Affect Farm Bill- The House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday on a new plan, cobbled together last week, to raise the debt ceiling for several months without demanding any matching spending cuts.  The sudden about face on the debt ceiling issue was reached during a House GOP caucus retreat in Williamsburg, VA last week.  Read more... USDA NEWS 34 States Shut out of Organic Farm Program by Congress and White House - On Thursday, USDA published a notice in the Federal Register reminding the 16 states eligible for the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) to submit their application by February 7 for federal assistance in order to be able to provide cost-share assistance to their certified organic farmers.  Read more... OTHER NEWS NSAC Members Set Comprehensive 2013 Agenda - Last week, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) held its semi-annual member meeting near Haines City, Florida.  Every winter, NSAC members discuss, debate, and vote on the coalition’s priorities for the year.  Read more...

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