News From the Wild Side - January 2018

Keep up-to-date on the latest news from Wild Farm Alliance!


Wild Farm Alliance Supports Connections Between Farmers, Ecosystems & Community

We are so honored to have an article about WFA’s critical work in ACRES USA’s recent magazine which reaches 20,000 farmers.

We are thrilled to share this article with you. Your support has been instrumental in the work we have accomplished and we can't thank you enough the role you play in this work. 

Click here to read the article.

Thank you for your continued partnership in helping to create a wild and resilient farm movement. If you didn't get the chance to make a year-end donation to WFA, please consider donating today!

For the wild,

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As part of a project led by Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), Wild Farm Alliance assisted with the creation of several of fact sheets and a webinar that addresses the intersection between National Organic Program’s (NOP) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Regulations. 

It is helpful for organic farmers to understand where there are differences and duplications. For example, the Monitoring Fact Sheet states: NOP requires monitoring of crops, soil and water to ensure that livestock do not contaminate them. FDA requires that crops (not habitat) be monitored during the growing season and immediately prior to and during harvest for significant contamination by domestic and wild animals. If the crop is reasonably likely to be contaminated, FDA requires that steps be taken to identify and not harvest that part of the crop that is contaminated.

New webinars will be added this year and we will be sure to alert you when they become available.

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Do You Know What the Farm Bill is For?

The Farm Bill affects more than just farmers; it touches us all. But this massive piece of legislation is complicated. WFA is a member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), made up of more than 100 other grassroots sustainable agriculture groups from across the country. Together we are pushing for a strong, conservation minded, Farm Bill that effectively helps farmers grow healthy food for everyone. 

Now is a critical time for everyone to brush up on the Farm Bill and the important role it plays in our agricultural system. We are all connected to this bill, even if you have never planted a single seed. 

Check out this great introduction video NSAC put together to help unravel this large and often-times mysterious piece of legislation! 


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Apply now before the March 2018 deadline! 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that American farmers and ranchers have until March 2, 2018 to submit an initial FY 2018 application for the nation’s largest working lands program, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

Over 72 million acres across the country ­– roughly 8 percent of all agricultural land – are currently enrolled in whole-farm conservation contracts. The significant amount of working lands already enrolled in CSP, and the fact that in recent years CSP has had to turn away as many as 75 percent of qualified applicants, is evidence of the voluntary conservation program’s enormous popularity.

CSP’s ability to enroll qualified farmers is largely contingent on available federal funds. The 2014 Farm Bill reduced CSP’s annual enrollment from 12.8 million acres to 10 million acres, which resulted in thousands of qualified farmers being turned away from the program. Funds for CSP and other farm bill conservation programs have also been regularly raided through the annual appropriations process. Through the 2018 sign-up period, NRCS will enroll an additional 10 million acres of cropland, pastureland, rangeland, and forestland in CSP.

Interested farmers and ranchers must submit their applications by March 2, 2018 in order to be considered for this year's sign up. Current participants whose initial contracts are set to expire at the end of the year will also have the opportunity to renew their contracts for an additional 5-year period; USDA will announce a separate deadline for renewals in the coming weeks.

The initial step to apply for CSP is easy, and interested producers should act quickly to ensure consideration in this year’s signup. To apply, farmers and ranchers can go to their local NRCS office and submit the initial application materials – a simple form that asks for basic information regarding land ownership, type of production, and contact information. Once the initial application is accepted by NRCS, producers are then scored based on current and planned future conservation activities. If applicants meet acceptable conservation levels, they become eligible to compete in a ranking process that determines who will receive contracts. NRCS works down through the list of eligible applicants until acreage allocated to the particular state for that particular year runs out.

Learn More from NSAC about signing up for CSP. 

Thank You to Wild Farm Alliance Business Sponsors!

We are so grateful for our Business Sponsors who are partnering with us to rewild our farms. If you are a business owner or know of a business that is interested in joining our work, please contact us at [email protected]

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  • Shelly Connor
    published this page in Latest News 2018-03-05 12:10:16 -0600