Farm and Food News

A TIP for Smoother Farm Transitions

Millions of acres have and will come out of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) between 2008 and 2012. That is why the Center for Rural Affairs fought so hard to establish the Transition Incentive Program (TIP) in the 2008 Farm Bill.

Got Milk?

by Steph Larsen

As the consumer movement towards unprocessed, local and organic food grows, so do questions about how the food was produced. Perhaps none is more controversial than in the case of raw milk.

Raw milk is simply milk that has not been pasteurized to kill bacteria or homogenized so that the cream does not float to the top. The controversy is explained well in this news clip and features a farm that is only a few miles from the Center for Rural Affairs office:

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Moving Venues

The Blog for Rural America, as the official blog for the Center for Rural Affairs, strives to be a venue for quality and diverse content about our work. We discuss rural projects, analyse rural policy, celebrate successes and rant when we disagree with legislation.

It is another place for the Center to reach out to you - our supporters - and let you know about opportunities to act so that our rural communities reflect our collective values of fairness, progress and stewardship.

Get Rewarded for Conservation Through CSP

Farmers and ranchers that want to get in on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year have less than a month to apply at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. The CSP rewards farmers, ranchers, and forestry producers for maintaining existing conservation practices and for adopting additional practices on cropland, grassland, improved pasture, rangeland, non-industrial private forestland and tribal lands. A supplemental payment will also be made for those willing to adopt resource conserving crop rotations. This program pays producers for clean water, better soil management, improved habitat, energy efficiency, and other natural resource benefits.

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