The latest news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) featuring SOIL Stewardship Act, Seeds for the Future Act, Grants for Veterans and Minority Farmers, Farm Bill Priorities, and NSAC Internship…
FARM BILL NEWS
This week, Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced a bill that will make on-farm conservation easier and more accessible for family farmers. The Strengthening Our Investment in Land Stewardship – SOIL Stewardship Act (H.R. 5188) will streamline and strengthen the farm bill’s two major working lands conservation programs: the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The bill adds a new emphasis on soil health, and also elevates provisions for water quality, water conservation, and wildlife habitat.
The Seeds for the Future Act (H.R. 5208), introduced this week in the House by Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Darren Soto (D-FL), will put the power of the seed back into the hands of American farmers and land-grant institutions by reinvesting in our public seed breeding and research programs, and improving coordination across the federal agencies that support these activities.
Farmers of color and military veteran farmers face particularly challenging obstacles when it comes to starting and sustaining successful farm operations. One of the factors hampering the success of these farmers has been their historically limited access to federal grant, training, and resource programs. This week, USDA announced the latest round of Section 2501 funded projects for FY 2017.
RELEASE: Family Farmers Deliver Farm Bill Priorities to Congress – This week 20 farmers and “ag-vocates” from across the country came into Washington DC to speak with their Congress members about their priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill and FY 2019 appropriations process. Click through to learn more about some of our amazing farmer champions, and check back next week for a blog update featuring more info.
Paid Internship at NSAC – We’re hiring! NSAC is looking for a Grassroots Intern to join our team this spring. Internship is paid, full-time, and located at NSAC’s office in Washington, DC. Click the link for more information and instructions on how to apply.
Learn more about Farm Policy and Agricultural Politics from beginningfarmers.org at https://www.beginningfarmers.org/farm-policy-agricultural-politics/