Sustainable Agriculture News, First Week of January, 2012 from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition USDA NEWS NRCS Funding New Mississippi River Basin Initiative Projects: On January 3, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) issued a notice that it is accepting proposals for new projects under the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI). Proposals are due March 19, 2012. Deadline for FY2012 Conservation Innovation Grant Pre-Proposals Approaching: On Wednesday, January 4, USDA issued a press release to remind program applicants that the deadline to submit a pre-proposal for a fiscal year (FY) 2012 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) is January 31. USDA Paves Way for Widespread Use of Toxic, Systemic Pesticide: USDA is closing out 2011 in much the same way it started the year — approving the use of genetically modified (GM) crops designed to withstand pesticide applications. On Tuesday, December 27, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approved the use of two more GM crops and announced the availability of assessments for two additional GM crops. The end of the year announcements, however, include a holiday bonus: the Department is on the verge of approving not just glyphosate-resistant crops, but crops engineered to withstand the systemic herbicide, 2,4-D. JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS NSAC is currently seeking a "Michigan Voices" Grassroots Organzer and a Director of Development. To view full job descriptions and find out how to apply, see our jobs page.