Deadline Nearing to Update PLC Program Yields

Clint Thompson USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to remind farm owners the deadline to update yields that are on file for the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program is Sept. 30. This deadline is to update yields that are used to calculate the PLC payments for 2020 through 2023. Plus, producers who elected Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) should also consider updating …

USDA Announces Second Round of Funding for Feral Swine Program

Clint Thompson Pork, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced this week it is accepting applications from non-federal, not-for-profit partners for projects to help agricultural producers and private landowners trap and control feral swine. This is all part of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP), where NRCS is making $12 million available. Applications for this second round of funding will …

NRCS, FEMA Collaborate to Provide Disaster Recovery Assistance

Clint Thompson USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Tuesday that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is taking part in a joint Interagency Coordination and Operations (ICO) plan that enhances collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help communities recover from natural disasters and related emergencies. The plan is designed to improve the coordination, communication, and training between the …


USDA Reopens Comment Period for Hemp Production Program Interim Final Rule

Clint Thompson USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced earlier this month it has re-opened the comment period to the interim final rule published in October 2019 that established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. AgNet Media’s Brian German has the story. Written comments should be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking portal at Comments may also be sent via email to …


USDA Seeks Comments on Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Rainfall Index Insurance Program

Clint Thompson USDA

The Department of Agriculture seeks public comments on recommended improvements to the Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Rainfall Index Crop Insurance Program by Nov. 5, 2020.  USDA’s Risk Management Agency contracted for an independent evaluation of the program to determine its effectiveness as a risk management tool for livestock producers. RMA Administrator Martin Barbre says, “We want to be sure that the …


USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers, Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, USDA

(Washington, D.C., September 18, 2020) – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin Sept. 21 and run through December 11, 2020. “America’s …


More Production and Price Impacts in Dairy Outlook

Clint Thompson Dairy, USDA

United States Department of Agriculture The recent trend of more milk per cow is expected to continue to boost production. How will that affect prices? Rod Bain has the story with World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski.


USDA Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

Clint Thompson USDA

Washington, D.C., September 17, 2020 – Following President Donald Trump’s approval to include up to an additional $1 billion in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $1 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in need through the USDA Farmers to …


Field Day Videos Available for Viewing on Commission Websites

Clint Thompson Cotton, Georgia, Georgia Cotton Commission, Peanuts

Georgia cotton growers and peanut producers who were not able to watch the virtual field day on Sept. 9 can view the video presentations on both the Georgia Cotton Commission website and the Georgia Peanut Commission website. The field day was held in collaboration by the Georgia Cotton Commission, Georgia Peanut Commission and University of Georgia (UGA) Extension. Specialists from …