Federal Policy Week in Review

Feb. 27 — Mar. 4, 2016

A roundup of blog posts from our partners at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.


House Republican Leadership and Conservative Wing Close in on Reaching Budget Agreement

March 4, 2016 | In recent weeks, the leaders of the Republican Party in the House have been negotiating with the Party’s most conservative wing to reach an agreement on federal spending. The vehicle for the agreement would be a “budget resolution,” which the House and Senate are charged with passing each year in order to set top-line spending […]

FDA Requests Information on Manure Use

March 4, 2016 | The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the first opportunity for the public to weigh in on their approach to assessing the risks posed by raw manure used in growing produce. According to the FDA: The risk assessment will consider pathogen survival and growth under different agricultural and ecological conditions (e.g., soil types, […]

The Contract Price Addendum: A Good Risk Management Tool for Certified Organic and Transitioning Producers?

March 3, 2016 | The Risk Management Agency (RMA) has recently announced an important update to the Contract Price Addendum (CPA) — transitioning to organic acres will now be eligible. With this change have come a flurry of questions about CPA and how it works, including “What are CPAs?”, “Is my crop eligible for this?”, and “Should I use […]

GMO Labeling Debate Heating Up in Senate

March 2, 2016 | The debate over genetically engineered or genetically modified food labeling has been fiercely contested [...]

The Fate of Food and Agriculture Programs in 2017 Will Be Decided in Appropriations

March 1, 2016 | Last week, several food and agriculture agencies came before the House Subcommittee to defend their programs [...]

Farmers Fly-in to Fight for Sustainable Ag Funding

March 1, 2016 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik, 202-547-5754 Farmers Fly-in to Fight for Sustainable Ag Funding National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Helps Farmers Share Their Stories with Legislators Washington, DC, March 1, 2016 – This week the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), one of the nation’s leading voices in food and agriculture policy, kicks off a month-long series […]