Sustainable Agriculture Funding News

USDA Funding News from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) June, 2014

CSP Contract Renewal Begins Next Month: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS) will begin accepting applications to re-enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on July 11, 2014.  This renewal option is specifically for farmers and ranchers who enrolled in CSP initially in 2010.  CSP is a comprehensive working lands conservation program that provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to actively manage and maintain existing conservation systems and to implement additional conservation activities on land in production.  Read more…

Progress Report for Organic Price Elections for Crop Insurance: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a new report updating Congress on USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) progress towards completion of organic price elections for all insurable organic crops.  USDA has improved crop insurance offerings for organic farmers, but the report makes it clear there is still a lot more work to do.  With NSAC’s support, the 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills contained language that directed USDA to complete the series of organic price elections.  Read more…

Funding Available to Boost Declining Honey Bee Population: On Friday, June 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations on their existing CRP acres.  These five states are home for more than half of the commercially managed honey bees during the summer and are therefore a critical focus in efforts to restore honey bee habitat.  Read more…

1 Comment on Sustainable Agriculture Funding News

  1. It’s always good to hear about new sources of funding. Thanks!

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