Value Added Producer Grant Program and More

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The latest news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition featuring: Value Added Producer Grant Program, and Federal Crop Insurance Program.

$18 million Available Through Value Added Producer Grant Program
On Monday, August 28, USDA announced the availability of at least $18 million in funding through the competitive Value added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. Administered by USDA Rural Development, the Value Added Producer Grant program provides competitive grants to producers for working capital, feasibility studies, business plans, and for marketing efforts to establish viable value-added businesses. Up to $75,000 is available for planning grants and up to $250,000 is available for implementation grants…READ MORE
Federal Crop Insurance Program Delivery can be Improved without Endangering Safety Net
For years, proponents of the status quo have rebuffed calls for modernization of the federal crop insurance program, claiming that any significant updates could cause the whole program to collapse. Like any good safety net, however, the program was never really that fragile. The Government Accountability Office analyzed the crop insurance program’s delivery system, and found that significant savings and improvements could be made by bringing the compensation system for crop insurance corporations in line with industry norms…READ MORE

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

NSAC’s vision of agriculture is one where a safe, nutritious, ample, and affordable food supply is produced by a legion of family farmers who make a decent living pursuing their trade, while protecting the environment, and contributing to the strength and stability of their communities.

NSAC member groups advance common positions to support small and mid-size family farms, protect natural resources, promote healthy rural communities, and ensure access to healthy, nutritious foods by everyone.  By bringing grassroots perspectives to the table normally dominated by big business, NSAC levels the playing field and gives voice to sustainable and organic farmers.

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