Farm Bill

Continued Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress during the first 90 days of implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill).  Progress has occurred throughout all Farm Bill titles including announcements on trade and marketing promotion, the establishment of conservation programs, the initiation of specialty crop and local food programs, funding for rural development programs, and more.

State foresters encouraged by strong state response to Insect & Disease Designation requests

Under section 8204 of the Farm Bill, states are given the opportunity to request desgination of landscape-scale insect & disease infestation areas on National Forest System lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.  To date, 36 states have submitted requests to the Forest Service for such designations under the Farm Bill authority. NASF is encouraged by the strong state response to this opportunity.

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Competitive Grants Program

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the availability of more that $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers.  Upcoming webninars to discuss the 2014 Request for Applications for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Competitive Grants Program are scheduled for April 30, 2-4pm EST and May 6 from 2-4pm.