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Policy and Issues Advocacy

As a member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and in concert with other local and regional organizations, Future Harvest CASA monitors local, state and national policy and legislative activities. We seek to ensure that the interests of the sustainable agriculture community are represented, and we support policies that promote farmland preservation, farmer retention, protection of natural resources, and increased access to healthy food. 

There are two ways for you to be a part of our growing advocacy effort. The first and most important way is to become a member of Future Harvest CASA and be counted as part of our collective voice. Members who want to contribute more are invited to join our Advocacy Group, an online Topic of Interest Group. Participation is free, and you can determine whether you want to receive emails of every post in real-time or whether you want to receive all the group's posts in one daily email digest. Please join the discussion!


Future Harvest CASA Advocacy News

WVDA initiates rule change to increase on-farm poultry processing limits, enable on-farm rabbit processing - February 2014 

Future Harvest CASA Requests Report from the House Health and Government Operations Committee; Support House Bill 3 (Page 1, Page 2
- February 2014

A Free Webinar on FSMA for New England Food Producers, Buyers, and Those Working Toward a Resilient New England Food System - August 2013

Testimony in Support of Maryland Agricultural Certainty Legislation - April 2013

Future Harvest CASA Efforts Help Win New Grazing Cost-Share Eligibility in Maryland - Feb 2013

Regional Food Systems Working Group Visits Charlottesville's Local Food HubRead Report

Farmer Nick Maravell Testifies Before Senate Subcommitee - October 4, 2011

Important Bills Before the Maryland Legislature - February 17, 2011

*New Action Alert - November 17, 2010 - go to Alerts Page...

*MD Food Policy Group Prepares to Educate Legislators: This summer Future Harvest-CASA has been collaborating with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Chronic Disease Prevention, which organized three Food Policy Workgroup meetings. Major areas of recommendations from these workgroups will be presented at a Maryland Food Policy Summit on September 22 (read more)...

* Future Harvest-CASA Supports Comprehensive Federal Climate Change Legislation: The Board voted to be a signatory to a letter prepared by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, urging Congress to pass a strong climate and energy bill this year. Such a bill will help protect farmers and our food supply, while moving agriculture towards a viable and sustainable future. (read more)...

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Latest News from NSAC

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Supporting the economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.
  • Funding Available for Specialty Crops
    Today USDA announced the availability of $66 million through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG) to fund projects related to the research, marketing, and development of specialty crops.  The funding is available to State Departments of Agriculture, which must apply for funding and then use it to supplement state programs or make grants. SCBG […]
  • Funding Restored For Beginning Farmer Training Programs!
    USDA recently announced the availability of $19 million for beginning farmer training grants through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program -- the only federal program exclusively dedicated to training the next generation of farmers and ranchers.
  • Welcome to NSAC’s New Website!
    NSAC's website has a new look! There's more coming soon, too.

 

What You Can Do


Link to National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's "take action" page

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's advocacy toolkit

Find your representatives in the Senate, House and your state

 

Additional Links

National Family Farm Coalition

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Center for Rural Affairs

Farm Bill Primers:

Farm Bill User Guide on NEFOOD

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

National Farmers Union

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