NRCS

NRCS Providing Support for Urban Farming

Dan Economy, Field Crops, Hemp, Herbs, Nursery Crops, Organic, Soil, Specialty Crops, USDA-NRCS, Vegetables

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been assisting urban farmers for over 10 years. Since 2010, NRCS state offices have provided more than $18 million to 130 entities in the form of grants and agreements to support urban agriculture and conservation projects. From 2014 to 2019, NRCS completed more than 18,000 conservation practices totaling $41 million on urban farms …

ncba

NCBA Takes Action to Increase Producer Profitability

Dan Beef, Cattle, Economy, USDA-FSIS

Last week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) to eliminate the use of “Product of the USA” (POTUSA) and other broad U.S. origin labeling claims for beef products that are potentially misleading to consumers. NCBA believes that current “Product of the USA” labels are a disservice to …

payments

USDA to Begin Payments for Producers Impacted by 2018 – 19 Natural Disasters

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, USDA-FSA

Producers to Receive Assistance through the Quality Loss Adjustment Program and Additional Assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus More than $1 billion in payments will be released over the next several weeks starting June 15 for agricultural producers with approved applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program and for producers who have already received payments through …

usda

USDA to Begin Work to Strengthen Enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act

Dan Cattle, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced they will begin working on three proposed rules to support enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act, the 100-year old law that was originally designed to protect poultry and hog farmers and cattle ranchers from unfair, deceptive, and anti-competitive practices in the meat markets. USDA’s pending action was noted in the …

USDA Signup for Covid-19 Assistance Program Ends Friday

Dan Coronavirus, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a couple of months ago the availability of more than $330 million to help agricultural producers and organizations in the food supply chain recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, and includes $169.9 million for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) …

meat processing

Vilsack on New Initiative Helping Small Meat Processing Facilities

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to invest more than $4 billion to strengthen critical supply chains through their Build Back Better initiative. The new effort will strengthen the food system, create new market opportunities, tackle the climate crisis, help communities that have been left behind, and support good-paying jobs throughout the supply chain. During a call …

elap

ELAP Now Includes Farm-Raised Catfish

Dan Alabama, Aquaculture, USDA-FSA

Aquaculture producers in Alabama now have access to disaster relief funding in the event of a federal disaster declaration. June 1 is when USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began a policy change to the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP). According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), the update makes fish raised for food and other aquatic species …

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USDA to Invest More Than $4 Billion to Strengthen Food System

Clint Thompson USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to invest more than $4 billion to strengthen critical supply chains through the “Build Back Better” initiative. The new effort will strengthen the food system, create new market opportunities, tackle the climate crisis, help communities that have been left behind and support good-paying jobs throughout the supply chain. The announcement supports …

food waste reduction

USDA Offering Compost and Food Waste Reduction Agreements

Dan USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the availability of up to $2 million for local governments to host Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot projects for fiscal year 2021. The cooperative agreements support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans and they are part of …

usda

USDA Investing in the Nation’s Emergency Food System

Dan Economy, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced late last week an investment of up to $1 billion, including $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding, in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The new program will support and expand the emergency food network so states, food banks and local organizations can reliably serve their communities. That’s USDA Deputy Under Secretary …