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Farm Policy Roundup – April 18, 2014

Appropriations Top Agenda When Congress Returns from Recess While Congress is currently observing a two-week recess, legislation to set spending levels for fiscal year 2015 (FY 15) known as appropriations will be at the top of the agenda when lawmakers return. American Farmland Trust is supporting many important farmland conservation programs in the FY 15 […]

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Farm Policy Roundup – April 11, 2014

House Subcommittee Examines Agriculture Appropriations The House Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee held a hearing on April 8 to review USDA field agencies and fiscal year 2015 (FY15) spending. The subcommittee makes annual spending decisions for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and other related agencies. Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller was a witness, […]

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Farm Policy Roundup – April 4, 2014

American Farmland Trust Supports Agriculture Programs in Appropriations As House and Senate Appropriations committees increase their focus on fiscal year 2015 (FY15) spending bills, American Farmland Trust is working to ensure funding for farmland conservation, beginning farmers and farmers’ market programs are protected. American Farmland Trust President and CEO Andrew McElwaine recently sent letters to […]

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Farm Policy Roundup – March 28, 2014

USDA Testifies Before Appropriators on FY 15 Budget This week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified before Congressional appropriators to defend the department’s fiscal year 2015 (FY15) budget request. U.S. Department of Agriculture’s total budget request for FY15 is $141.4 billion, of which approximately $122.4 billion is for mandatory Farm Bill funding including conservation programs and […]

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Farm Policy Roundup – March 21, 2014

White House Announces Climate Data Initiative This week, the White House announced the rollout of a new effort to bring together data from across the federal government to assist scientists, companies, and citizens in understanding and adapting to the effects of climate change. Available at www.climate.data.gov, the initial focus will be on data related to sea level rise […]

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Farm Policy Roundup – March 14, 2014

Farm Bill Webinar Archives Available American Farmland Trust and the National Association of Conservation Districts recently hosted a series of webinars to explore what’s new for conservation programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. Thanks to our partners that helped present this series of webinars: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Strategic Conservation Solutions, Izaak Walton League […]

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Farm Policy Roundup – March 7, 2014

Farm Bill Webinars Continue The Agricultural Act of 2014 is now law, but what exactly does that mean for conservation? American Farmland Trust and the National Association of Conservation Districts, along with other conservation and agricultural partners, are hosting a series of webinars to explore different aspects of conservation programs in the new law.

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Farm Policy Roundup – February 28, 2014

Upcoming Webinars on RCPP and Conservation Compliance American Farmland Trust and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) are continuing to offer a series of free Farm Bill conservation program webinars. Registration is free but space is limited, so be sure to register today.

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Farm Policy Roundup – February 21, 2014

Register for Free Farm Bill Webinars American Farmland Trust and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), with our conservation partners, are offering a series of free Farm Bill webinars. The first webinar was held Wednesday, February 19 to provide an overview of conservation programs.

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Farm Policy Roundup – February 14, 2014

American Farmland Trust Offering Free Farm Bill Webinars The Agricultural Act of 2014 is now law, so what exactly does that mean for farmland conservation? Register today for free webinars that will begin exploring changes made to conservation programs. American Farmland Trust is offering the free webinars in partnership with the National Association of Conservation […]

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  • Random Quote

    Changes in the 2012 Farm Bill appear both likely and may be significant, if not radical. Our country’s economic situation will be the most significant driver and agent of change in the 2012 Farm Bill. — Jon Scholl, President, American Farmland Trust