Sustainable Agriculture News – USDA, Congress, Farm to School, More

Sustainable Agriculture Coalition News
  Read below to get all of the latest sustainable agriculture news on the USDA, Congress, Farm to School and much more... USDA NEWS   Who Owns U.S. Farmland, and How Will It Change? Earlier this month, USDA released new findings that shed some light on who exactly owns the 911 million acres of farmland in the U.S. (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), and how they are managing that land now and in the future... USDA Launches First Non-GE/GMO Weekly Report This month the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service published the first non-GE/GMO weekly report. AMS publishes the new report every Wednesday to provide prices for non-GE/GMO corn and soybeans... USDA Announces $20 Million in Awards for Innovative Conservation Projects On Tuesday, September 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will award $20.5 million across 45 conservation projects through the Conservation Innovation Grants program. The CIG program supports the development and testing of promising new conservation technologies and approaches... USDA Seeks Input on New Report on Climate Change and Food Security On Tuesday, September 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a draft of the interagency assessment report, “Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System” in the Federal Register. USDA is requesting input from the public through October 8... CONGRESSIONAL NEWS Child Nutrition Act Markup Postponed - Time for Renewed Action! The highly anticipated Senate markup for the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) that was scheduled for Thursday, September 17th, has been postponed... Over 100 Organizations Deliver Letter Opposing Cuts to Conservation On Thursday, September 17, more than 100 organizations from around the country delivered a letter urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to protect mandatory funding for farm bill conservation programs... FARM TO SCHOOL NEWS   New Report Highlights Successes of Farm to School Grantmaking On Friday, September 11, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a new report on the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, highlighting the successes of the program over its three year history... Bringing the Farm to the Kids in Georgia Farm to school in Georgia has been growing rapidly; this year farm to school projects across the state will help ensure that over 15,000 children learn about how food is produced and have access to at least one healthy meal a day... OTHER NEWS   Treasury Awards Announced to Help With Farm and Food Business Financing Last week the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund announced its latest round of awards for three programs, including the Healthy Food Financing Initiative...

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