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USDA Responds to Producer Needs by Updating Crop Insurance

Dan Crop Insurance, Economy, USDA-RMA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced they are making updates to crop insurance in order to respond to the needs of agricultural producers, and this includes organic producers. Specifically, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is making permanent a new provision that allows producers to hay, graze or chop cover crops and still receive a full prevented planting payment. …

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Expanding the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Program

Dan Education, Health, USDA-NIFA

Recent grant awards were made to state agriculture departments in the latest efforts to build upon a network designed to aid ag producers dealing with stress. Brent Elrod, with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), provides examples of state-led projects that were recently awarded grants under NIFA’s Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. And one of those is …

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RMA Updates Whole-Farm Revenue Protection

Dan Aquaculture, Economy, Organic, USDA-RMA

Organic and aquaculture producers will soon be able to benefit from updates that USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is making to the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Plan. RMA is revising the plan of insurance to make it more flexible and accessible to producers beginning in crop year 2022. RMA Acting Administrator Richard Flournoy explains what plan does. Changes to the program include increasing expansion …

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Revised Closing Dates for Pilot Crop Insurance Programs

Dan Crop Insurance, Economy, USDA-RMA

Agricultural producers will now have until December 1 to make coverage decisions and complete reporting activities for the Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Pilot Insurance Program (PRF) and Apiculture Pilot Insurance Program (API). The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) is making this change and other updates to these two policies based on feedback from stakeholders. Risk Management Agency Acting …

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USDA Funding Risk Management Education for Underserved Producers

Dan Education, USDA-RMA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing nearly $1 million in funding for universities and nonprofits to develop risk management training and educational tools aimed to assist historically underserved farmers and ranchers. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) Acting Administrator, Richard Flournoy, says they are funding nine projects to help producers effectively manage long-term risks and challenges. The nine projects …

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USDA Invests Millions to Support Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Dan Education, USDA-NIFA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an investment of over $21.8 million to 1890 Land-grant Institutions to support research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded these dollars to 1890 Land-grant Institutions to support 58 projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation’s Land-grant University System and organizations as part …

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USDA-RMA Extends Crop Insurance Deadlines

Dan Crop Insurance, Economy, USDA-RMA

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency (USDA-RMA) announced they were authorizing Approved Insurance Providers (AIP) to extend crop insurance deadlines to help producers due to the widespread drought. RMA Acting Administrator Richard Flournoy says this relief is nationwide. Producers now have additional time to pay premium and administrative fees, and interest will be waived for 60 days or …

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NIFA Invests Over $5.4M in Bio-based Products Research

Dan Biofuels/Energy, Biotechnology, Research, USDA-NIFA

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced $5.4 million in bioprocessing, bioengineering, biofuels and biobased products research investments through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). They recently awarded $4.8 million for 12 Bioprocessing and Bioengineering grants under NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and more than $600,000 for six Biofuels and Biobased Products grants under NIFA’s Small Business Innovation …

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NPPC Urges Administration to Appeal Line Speed Court Ruling

Dan Pork, USDA-FSIS

A federal district court ruling striking down faster harvest facility inspection speeds allowed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) goes into effect today, June 30. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) urges the Biden administration to file an appeal before the August 31 deadline. NPPC says this damaging ruling will quickly lead to increased pork …

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NCBA President Discusses “Product of the USA” at FCA Convention

Dan Cattle, Florida, USDA-FSIS

The 2021 Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention has been taking place this week in Marco Island, Florida and one person attending is National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President, Jerry Bohn. NCBA recently filed a petition with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to eliminate the use of “Product of the USA” (POTUSA) and other broad U.S. origin labeling claims for beef products that are …