FSA Encourages Producers to Enroll Soon in ARC and PLC Programs

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Producers, Beat the Rush – Call Today to Make an Appointment (USDA/FSA) — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages agricultural producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk Loss (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. March 15, 2020 is the enrollment deadline for the 2019 crop year. Although more than 200,000 producers have enrolled to date, FSA anticipates 1.5 …

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USDA Reminds Historically Underserved Producers of Advance Payment Option

Dan Economy, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to remind historically underserved producers, who participate in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), of the advance payment option. NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr explains how this program works. (USDA/NRCS) — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds historically underserved producers, who are participating in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), of the advance payment option. …


AEM Reports 2019 Full-year Tractor, Combine Sales

Dan Economy

(NAFB) — Farmers bought more tractors last year compared to 2018, but combine sales remained flat. A new report for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) says for 2019, a total of 244,600 tractors were sold, which compares to 236,180 sold through December 2018, representing a four percent increase during the year. In 2019, two-wheel drive smaller tractors, rated under …

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American Grown Campaign Launches

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Non-Profit Created to Address the growing Financial Crisis in American Farms Launches Campaign The American Grown Campaign launched at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on January 11. The non-profit was created by growers to address the growing financial crisis in American farms. American Grown was founded with farmers and growers from Florida, Georgia, and Michigan. “America’s farmers need our support …


Producers Reminded to Sign Up for ARC/PLC

Dan Economy

With the new year, the deadline is getting closer for producers to enroll in the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman that producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA county office to start the enrollment process.

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Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer December

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

(NAFB) — The December Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer suggests farmers are optimistic about the future, despite a weakened perception of current conditions. The survey dropped three points in December to a reading of 150, down from 153 in November. The Index of Current Conditions dropped 12 points to 141, down from 153 in November. Meanwhile, the Index of Future …

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Organic Sales Doubled Over Five Years

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Organic

(NAFB) — U.S. organic sales doubled between 2012 and 2017, even though the total value of U.S. agricultural sales remained flat. The USDA says growth in the organic sector has taken off since the early 2010s as food manufacturers, retailers, and livestock producers have increased their demand for organic foods and inputs. Organic operations’ average sales were just over $400,600 …

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Farm Groups Want Crop Insurance Protected in Fiscal 2021 Budget

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

(NAFB) — The Crop Insurance Coalition is asking Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and the Office of Management and Budget to oppose crop insurance cuts as the Trump Administration develops its fiscal year 2021 budget. The Hagstrom Report says the coalition sent a letter to President Trump and OMB Acting Director Russell Vought, saying, “For good reason, the state of the …


Skepticism Remains Over China Ag Purchases

Dan Economy, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release

(NAFB) — An Associated Press report says there are still people on both sides of the Pacific Ocean who remain skeptical about the actual amount of farm goods that China committed to buy in the “Phase One” trade agreement with the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the amount will total $40 billion a year. However, President Trump says the …