USDA Reminds Producers to Pay Their Crop Insurance Premiums by January 31

Taylor Hillman General

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) is reminding producers their crop insurance premiums for the 2019 crop year are due January 31. Under this change, policies that do not have the premium paid by that date will have interest attached on February 1, calculated from the date of the premium billing notice. USDA had deferred to …

hemp growers

USDA Announces Pilot Insurance Coverage for Hemp Growers

Dan Hemp, Industry News Release

(USDA/RMA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced a new crop insurance option for hemp growers in select counties of 21 states in 2020.  The pilot insurance program will provide Actual Production History (APH) coverage under 508(h) Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) for eligible producers in certain counties in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, …

foreign agricultural

Foreign Agricultural Service Builds Global Markets

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), built global markets for U.S. agriculture in 2019. Tyron Spearman has the story. Foreign Agricultural Service Builds Global Markets for U.S. Agriculture in 2019 (USDA/FAS) — Throughout 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continued to deliver on its promise to pursue free, fair and reciprocal trade and …


U.S. Cattle on Feed Up 2 Percent

Dan Cattle

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their December Cattle on Feed Report last Friday, and the new figures indicate the number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 12.0 million head on December 1, 2019, 2 percent above December 1, 2018. USDA livestock analyst Shayle …

broiler production

Broiler Production on the Rise

Dan Poultry

USDA made various adjustments in their December report concerning meat production, with one of those being an increase in broiler production for 2020. Acting World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski, explains the factors behind the significant increase in projected broiler production for next year. But, the 2020 price forecast for broilers was revised down based on the expectation that increased supply would …

trade missions

Seven Trade Missions to Expand Ag Exports Planned for 2020

Dan Exports/Imports, Trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be embarking on a record of seven agribusiness trade missions in 2020 to foster trade relationships and diversify export opportunities for America’s farmers and ranchers. The trade missions will begin in March with a trip to the North African countries of Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. That will be followed by a trade trip …