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The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has been promoting sustainable living for over 35 years. We are a national, non-profit 501(c) 3 organization established in 1976 and our mission is to help people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources. Every day, we help individuals find solutions that will insure our children and grandchildren inherit a world with cleaner air and water, efficient and renewable energy production, and healthy foods grown with sustainable techniques. We have a well-deserved national reputation for providing research-based technical assistance and information in the fields of sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy and community development.

We touch hundreds of thousands of lives every year through activities such as weatherizing houses, training farmers, monitoring energy use, demonstrating renewable energy technology, testing new products and providing information on building construction.

Congress Debates Funding for Sustainable Agriculture
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Each year in Congress, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees determine the amount of money that certain "discretionary spending" federal programs will receive. The committees have faced tremendous pressure to cut spending, and over the past two years Congress cut $460 million from discretionary conservation, rural and local food system development, agricultural research, and beginning farmer program funding. Congress also targeted mandatory conservation program spending, which is by law not meant to be part of this annual appropriations process. In the debate about next year's 2014 federal budget, which is happening now, Congress is reviewing its commitment to farmers, rural communities, and the environment by maintaining funding for critical programs. Learn more about the issues by visiting

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