The latest news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition features the following – Value-Added Agriculture Creates Jobs, Congressional Ag Appropriations Update, Building a More Sustainable Food System Threatened, House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Funding Bill
RELEASE: USDA Study Shows Value-Added Agriculture Creates Jobs – The ERS report shows that businesses that received VAPGs were less likely to fail than similar businesses that did not receive support through the program. Value-Added Agriculture Creates Jobs. According to the report, VAPG recipients were 89 percent less likely to fail two years after the grant and 71 percent less likely to fail four years after the grant, when compared to similar non-recipients.
Welcome Back, Congress: FY 2019 Appropriations Update – On September 30, 2018, the current fiscal year (FY 2018) will come to an end as will the 2014 Farm Bill’s programs and policies. Without a new appropriation bill in place for the coming fiscal year (FY 2019), many crucial USDA programs would cease to function and we could face a potential a government shutdown.
COMMENT: Progress Toward Building More Sustainable Food System Threatened by Cut – The budget and appropriations news released this week, which includes the House’s passage of their FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill and the Administration’s release of a $15 billion rescission package, has serious implications for American farmers and ranchers.
House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Advances FY 2019 Funding Bill – On Wednesday, May 9, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed its agriculture appropriations bill for FY 2019. The bill provides funding for food and agriculture programs ranging from food safety and rural development to farm credit and nutrition assistance.
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