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Be Counted

In just a few months, America’s farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their operations and communities by taking part in the Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census captures a complete count of all U.S. Farms and ranches and those who operate them. NASS is in the final stage for preparing the 2017 Census of Agriculture mailing list.

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Farmers Have Until May 5th to Renew CSP Contracts

There are approximately 7,000 farmers and ranchers with CSP contracts that will expire this year, totaling over 9.5 million acres that need to be re-enrolled to preserve and expand upon critical environmental benefits. In the Southern SAWG region, there are 2,489 contracts expiring, totaling 2,800,613 acres.

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How to Make Conference Session Suggestions

Southern SAWG hosts a conference each January that is highly regarded for the educational content—offering over 50 educational sessions—as well as networking opportunities. If you would like to make a suggestion for the program, please read this article to learn how to submit your idea.

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One Wheel Down and the Axle Dragging? Time to Get Out the Spare

Regardless of your politics most of us came out of the recent presidential election with "one wheel down and the axle dragging" as they say in Texas. We were just all ready for it to be over. Now that the results are in we all have to focus on the future and how to create the change we want to see in the new reality we face. That work will look different for each of us, but we can't just leave the axle dragging. We've got to get out the spare and keep on driving.

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Southern SAWG's FY2016 Accomplishments

Southern SAWG has been inspiring and empowering farmers, individuals and communities to create more sustainable food and farming systems for over 25 years. Since 1991 we have assisted over 11,000 farmers in the South, yet our work goes far beyond the farm gate. Did you know that Southern SAWG also trains farm service providers, strengthens regional food systems, and builds and supports collaborative networks? We also give Southerners a voice in policy decisions that shape public food and agriculture programs. Here are a few of our accomplishments from the past year.

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