New Federal Farm and Food Policy Guide Available

Earlier this week, our friends over at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released their updated Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs . In the Guide, NSAC comprehensively describes each federal program supporting sustainable agriculture and how young farmers can access them. If you are looking for information on a specific program, the Guide makes it easy to find it. Or, if you are looking for a farm loan, the Guide... Read More

Food Safety Regulation is Back on the Agenda!

Last Friday, the FDA re-proposed draft rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These rules aim to ensure a safe food supply by changing the food safety regulations on farms and food facilities. NYFC members discussing the proposed regulations at a letter-writing event last year. The original rules, proposed last year, would have placed disastrous burdens on small, diversified farmers. In response, NYFC members sprang into action.  NYFC... Read More

GMO Contamination: Coming to a farm near you?

Young farmers and supporters!  As an organization focused on sustainable agriculture for the next generation, we’re excited to be a part of the push for better laws around GMO contamination.  Today we’re asking you to take a few minutes to send in a comment to the USDA before next Tuesday to tell them why GMO contamination is an important issue for you and your farm.  See below for more information from our friends at the National Sustainable... Read More

Guest Post: Uncapped Entitlement is Bad for Agriculture and Holding up the New Farm Bill

We’ve talked in the past about the need for Congress to reform its payment limit systems (ie, the way farms receive crop subsidies).  It’s not one of the most exciting policy areas that we focus on, but it’s more important than you might think! Right now, payments are structured to favor the very largest farms – not only is this a waste of money that could be spent on productive USDA programs, but it creates an unlevel playing... Read More

FDA Extends Food Safety Commenting Period One Week!

Yes, you read that right.  There have been a series of difficulties over the past week in accessing the regulations.gov website to submit comments on the proposed food safety regulations, so the FDA has announced a one week extension – comments are now due at 11:59 PM EST on next Friday, November 22.  Have you been thinking to yourself, “I really wish I’d gotten my comment in, but I didn’t have time to get up to speed”? ... Read More

PRESS ADVISORY: National Day of Action to Save Local Farms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18th, 2013 PRESS ADVISORY: National Day of Action to Save Local Farms will bring together farmers, consumers to change proposed FDA food safety rules that threaten farm viability HUDSON, NY – On Sunday, October 20th farmers and consumers from across the country will take action to change the FDA’s draft food safety rules. Activists will gather at farms, schools and grange halls to educate each other on the impact... Read More

What’s at stake for the new farm bill? The next generation of farmers

Thanks to our friends at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition for letting us repost this well-written piece about a few of the most important beginning farmer programs at the USDA. Last fall, Congress allowed the farm bill to expire without a new bill to take its place.  Instead, Congressional leaders cobbled together an awful and temporary extension of the old farm bill on New Year’s Eve that shut down a number of innovative programs... Read More

Congress Farm Bill Debate – UPDATE!

First, thanks to the hundreds of young farmers (and supporters!) who have taken action so far today! We’ve received some updates on the House’s progress since we broke the Farm Bill news last night: The House rules committee finally released their list of 103 amendments that they consider “worthy” of being brought to the House floor.  Of those, a few of them need you to act RIGHT NOW: Fortenberry #93 – This amendment... Read More

Final Review of the Senate Farm Bill and How It Affects You

Before we switch our focus over to the House, we need to do a quick run-through of the Farm Bill that made its way through the Senate over the past few weeks.  With such a huge piece of legislation, it’s difficult to fully wrap one’s head around it; we are lucky to have the hotshots over at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to guide us through it and give their opinion.  Here’s a brief from their bill analysis, originally... Read More

Microloan amendment receives bipartisan support in the Senate

We are thrilled to announce a small victory on the Farm Bill front! This week the FSA Microloan Authorization amendment to the Farm Bill received bipartisan support, as Senators Casey (D-PA), Harkin (D-IA) and Johanns (R-NE) all put themselves as official co-sponsors of the bill.  The Microloan amendment strengthens the Farm Service Agency’s microloan program for young and beginning farmer, which is a modification of its existing Farm Operating... Read More

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