Press Releases

Below please find the most recent press releases from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
Contact information for key staff is available on each release for inquiries.



Release: Funding Restored For Beginning Farmer Training Programs

April 11th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Juli Obudzinski, Senior Policy Specialist, 202-547-5754 Funding Restored For Beginning Farmer Training Programs April 11, 2014, Washington, DC – Today USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $19 million in funding for beginning farmer training grants through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).  This highly successful initiative, administered Read the Rest…

Release: USDA Value-Added Producer Grants Deadline Extended with Veteran Priority Included

March 25th, 2014

Release: Value-Added Producer Grants Deadline Extended with Veteran Priority Included Washington, DC, March 25, 2014 – Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency announced a two week extension for grant applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant program.  The extension, published in today’s Federal Register, was made necessary by changes to the program included Read the Rest…

Release: NSAC Applauds USDA Efforts to Aid Mid-Scale Farms and Regional Agriculture

March 10th, 2014

For Immediate Release March 10, 2014, Washington, DC – Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced several initiatives to assist small and mid-scale farms and local and regional agriculture. Among the highlights were two initiatives — changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan program and the creation of Whole Farm Diversified Risk Management revenue insurance Read the Rest…

Release: NSAC Honors Iowan and Harkin Staff Member Mark Halverson

February 21st, 2014

Release: NSAC Honors Iowan and Harkin Staff Member Mark Halverson February 21, 2014, Washington, DC – Iowan and staff member for Senator Tom Harkin, Mark Halverson, was honored January 29 at the annual meeting of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) for his decades-long leadership in the service of family farming, agricultural conservation, and progressive Read the Rest…

Release: NSAC Statement on Farm Bill Final Passage

January 28th, 2014

Release: NSAC Statement on Farm Bill Final Passage Contact: Ferd Hoefner, fhoefner@sustainableagriculture.net January 28, 2014, Washington, DC – The farm bill reported by the conference committee renews funding for a number of important programs that were left stranded by last year’s farm bill extension, but fails to make much-needed reforms in the structure of farm Read the Rest…

Release: NSAC Statement on Farm Bill Payment Limit Reform

January 23rd, 2014

Release: NSAC Statement on Farm Bill Payment Limit Reform Washington, DC, January 23, 2014 – The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition issued the following statement and analysis today on the status of payment limitations for commodity programs in the farm bill: “The issue of payment limitations for commodity programs is one of the very few remaining Read the Rest…

Release: Food and Drug Administration Announces Changes To Be Made to FSMA Rules

December 19th, 2013

For Immediate Release December 19, 2013 Contact: Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 or fhoefner@sustainableagriculture.net Food and Drug Administration Announces Changes To Be Made to FSMA Rules Washington, D.C., December 19, 2013 – The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it will be making significant changes to two of its proposed rules to implement the Food Safety Read the Rest…

Release: Cover Crops and Crop Insurance – What’s the Connection? Webinar Announced

December 10th, 2013

For Immediate Release Contact: Jeff Schahczenski, 406-494-4572 or jeffs@ncat.org Sophia Kruszewski, 202-547-5754 or sophia@sustainableagriculture.net National Webinar Announced on New USDA Cover Crop Termination Policy December 10, 2013 – The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) will host an important national webinar on January 23, 2014, to discuss the Read the Rest…

Release: Farm Bill Loophole Closure Under Attack

December 5th, 2013

For Immediate Release December 5, 2013 For more information: Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 Release: Farm Bill Loophole Closure Under Attack Washington, DC, December 5, 2013 – Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing farm bill conference negotiations: “Rumor has it that a sticking point in the Read the Rest…

Release: USDA Launches 2014 Sign-up for CSP – NSAC Provides Enrollment Information for Farmers

December 4th, 2013

For Immediate Release Contact: Sophia Kruszewski or Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754 USDA Launches 2014 Sign-up for the Conservation Stewardship Program – NSAC Provides Helpful Enrollment Information for Farmers and Farm Groups Washington, DC, December 4, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the start of the 2014 enrollment process Read the Rest…