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Friday, December 12, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA's largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA has established a 60-day comment...
Friday, October 31, 2014
As part of the continued rapid implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced proposed new actions to include new forest products in the BioPreferred® program. The proposal also includes other traditional biobased products and other mature market products, which have been produced...
Friday, September 19, 2014
The Forestry Research Advisory Council (FRAC) is a statutory committee and is chartered to have 20 members representing a) Federal and State agencies concerned with developing and utilizing the Nation’s forest resources; b) the forest industries; c) the forestry schools of the State-certified eligible institutions, and...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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...
Friday, April 11, 2014
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...
Friday, February 7, 2014
Following the successful passage of the 2014 Farm Bill by both chambers of Congress, President Obama plans to sign it into law at a ceremony on Friday, February 7. NASF was excited to see that many of our priorities were represented in the final version of the bill. For more information about NASF priorities and forestry...
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The relationship between military installations and forest conservation continues to expand as the 2014 Farm Bill (recently passed by Congress) emphasizes the important relationship between military installations and private forestlands, requiring State-wide Assessments and Strategies (Forest Action Plans) to coordinate...
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
NASF is pleased that the Farm Bill holds true to many priorities of the state foresters, giving them the tools they need to sustain and maintain the health of our forests.  We applaud Agriculture Committee leaders and the House for: ·         Codifying the longstanding role of state-based BMPS in managing stormwater runoff...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
After years of delays, public negotiations on a new five-year Farm Bill are scheduled to begin next week, lawmakers announced Wednesday.  The first public meeting of the Farm Bill conference committee will be held on the Oct. 30, and will be chaired by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.).  Congress...

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