ACEP Applications Due by October 6 in Georgia

Dan Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE), Agricultural Land Easements (ALE), Conservation, Environment, Georgia, USDA-NRCS

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Georgia (NRCS in GA) wants to remind landowners and eligible entities that applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) for fiscal year 2024 must be submitted by October 6, 2023. The ACEP, created through the 2014 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the 2018 Farm Bill, is a program that has two components, known as Agricultural Land …


USDA Sees Record Interest in Conservation and Clean Energy Programs

Dan Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE), Biofuels/Energy, Climate Change, Conservation, Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Environment, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Greenhouse Gas, Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has seen record interest in the conservation and clean energy programs that received funding from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The IRA made nearly $20 billion available over five years for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to address continuous high demand for popular conservation programs. This will help farmers and ranchers implement expanded conservation practices …


New Checkoff Website for the Sheep Industry

Dan American Lamb Board (ALB), Sheep-Goats

America’s Lamb producers can now turn to for resources on checkoff production, promotion, and other programs. The new American Lamb Board site officially launched on September 7. “This is a totally new site for America’s Lamb industry,” says Peter Camino, ALB Chair. “That includes commercial and seedstock producers, feeders, direct marketers, sale managers, auction markets, and processors.” He also …


Funding Opportunities through Conservation Innovation Grants

Dan Conservation, Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG), Environment, USDA-NRCS

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced the availability of $65 million through two funding opportunities to further natural resource conservation on private lands. Through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, NRCS is being directed to prioritize CIG On-Farm Trials projects that use diet and feed management to reduce enteric methane emissions from ruminants, as well as other projects that have climate …

Organic Dairy

USDA Payments to Help Organic Dairy Producers

Dan Agri-Business, Dairy, Economy, Funding, Marketing, Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program (ODMAP), USDA-FSA

The USDA has announced a second round of payments for dairy producers through the Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program (ODMAP). The agency is providing an additional $5 million to help dairy producers mitigate market volatility, higher input and transportation costs, and unstable feed supply and prices that have created unique hardships in the organic dairy industry. The Farm Service Agency …


ASI Investigates Trade Case against Lamb Imports

Dan American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), Exports/Imports, Sheep-Goats, Trade

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) updated the status of a legal process initiated several months ago toward possibly filing a U.S. trade law violation by lamb importers. ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick offered an update as the association awaits the results of a preliminary investigation. “We are specifically looking for the estimate of trade case strength, which depends on …


Florida Ag Commissioner Announces Aquaculture Losses from Hurricane Idalia

Dan Aquaculture, Economy, Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)

(FDACS/TALLAHASSEE, FL/Sept. 26, 2023) — Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson announced the results of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Hurricane Idalia Aquaculture Economic Impact Survey. The survey estimated that the adjusted reported losses from Aquaculture Certificate of Registration holders and shellfish processors totaled $34,159,952 from Hurricane Idalia. “Aquaculture is Florida’s most diverse agribusiness, and it took a …


Florida Agricultural Landowners Encouraged to Apply for EQIP, CSP & RCCP

Dan Agri-Business, Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Florida, Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), USDA-NRCS

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida (NRCS in FL) is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), climate-smart practices through EQIP and CSP funded by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). While NRCS accepts applications for these programs year-round, Florida producers and landowners should apply by November 17, 2023,to be considered for funding in …