government shutdown

Federal Omnibus Deal Fails to Include Farm Labor Act

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Florida, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), Funding, Georgia, Labor and Immigration, Legislative, Regulation

On Dec. 22, the U.S. Senate passed the omnibus appropriations bill. The $1.7 trillion measure would fund the federal government through the remainder of 2023. The measure now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote to avoid a government shutdown on the evening of Dec. 23. Much to the dismay of farm groups nationwide, the Senate Affordable …

Farm Aid

Farm Aid Distributes Nearly $1.2 Million in 2022 Grants

Dan Agri-Business, Funding, This Land of Ours

More than a million dollars in grant money is heading out, thanks to Willie Nelson’s organization. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. On the heels of a successful festival this past September, Farm Aid announced that it distributed nearly $1.2 million in grant funding in 2022. Farm Aid prioritized grant proposals from organizations that facilitate farmer-led solutions to …


FACA Congratulates Recipients of USDA Funding

Dan Agri-Business, Funding

The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) Monday congratulated the second group of organizations selected to receive funding through USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Program. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the additional funding of $325 million for 71 projects under the second funding pool of the effort. USDA received more than 1,000 proposals between two funding pools requesting more than …


Comments Due Soon on How NRCS Implements Inflation Reduction Act Funding

Dan Agri-Business, Funding, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invites the public to submit comments concerning implementation of more than $19 billion provided by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). NRCS will use the investments provided through IRA-funded conservation programs to support farmers and ranchers in adopting and expanding climate-smart activities and systems. NRCS asks for comments on how to target program benefits, quantify impact, and …

safety nets

Florida Senate Passes Property Insurance Overhaul

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Florida, Funding, Legislative, Regulation

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE, FL/December 14, 2022) — The Florida Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at shoring up the troubled-property insurance system by curbing lawsuits, injecting tax dollars into reinsurance coverage and trying to shrink the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The Republican-dominated Senate voted 27-13 largely along party lines to approve the bill (SB 2-A), which is expected to …


Ag Research Hearing at Senate Ag Committee

Dan Agri-Business, Funding, Legislative, Research

The Senate Ag Committee took up the topic of the research title in the Farm Bill during a hearing this week. Witnesses testified on the need to fund cutting-edge ag research, the power behind modern, high-tech agriculture. But USDA research chief Chavonda Jacobs-Young said funding for research is on the decline. “Federal investments in agricultural research have declined by a …


USDA Investing Funds in Healthier School Meals

Dan Education, Funding, This Land of Ours

The USDA is investing funds for healthier school meals. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service launched a new initiative for healthier school meals through a $50 million grant opportunity. It will support collaboration with the food industry to develop nutritious and appetizing school meals for students. “We’re investing in innovative solutions and challenging …

safety nets

USDA’s New Loan Assistance Provides Step-by-Step Guide

Dan Agri-Business, Field Crops, Funding, Peanuts

We told you yesterday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had launched a new online tool to help farmers and ranchers better navigate the farm loan application process. Tyron Spearman reports USDA has experienced a high rate of incomplete or withdrawn applications due in part to a challenging and lengthy paper-based application process. So, this new tool was developed to give their …


Financial Assistance Opportunity for Florida Ag Landowners affected by Hurricane Ian

Dan Agri-Business, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Florida, Funding, USDA-NRCS

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants agricultural landowners and producers in the state affected by damages caused by Hurricane Ian to know they can apply for emergency assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). “Hurricane Ian caused an enormous amount of catastrophic damage to the state, and we are continuing to assess damages,” said Juan C. Hernandez, Florida State …