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NSAC NEWS Do you know someone interested in learning what it takes to fix federal food and farm policy?  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is currently seeking a Policy Intern and a Grassroots Intern for Winter/Spring 2016! CONGRESSIONAL NEWS NSAC Delivers 2016 Sustainable Agriculture Funding Requests On Tuesday, October 6, NSAC delivered a letter to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, urging them to support sustainable agriculture priorities in the final fiscal year 2016 appropriations legislation... USDA NEWS USDA Awards Millions to Support New Farmers Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced awards totaling $17 million through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. BFRDP is the only USDA program exclusively dedicated to training new farmers and ranchers... Specialty Crop Grant Awards Announced by USDA On October 5, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $63 million in grants for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and over $50 million in grants for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative... Millions Now Available for Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Development The Rural Energy for America Program, a farm bill energy title program, is open for applicants at any time, but application cut-off dates are announced annually. For fiscal year 2016, the dates range from November 2, 2015 to May 2, 2016, and in limited cases into the summer of 2016... Grants Available to Incentivize SNAP Produce Purchases USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the availability of $16.8 million through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives Grant program, a competitive grants program that aims to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables... OTHER NEWS HFFI Award Promotes Local Sustainable Food System Growth On October 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded over $5 million through its Community Economic Development Program’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative. We recognize NSAC member group Republic Food Enterprise Center for its HHS HFFI grant...

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