Hurricane Nicole

Hurricane Nicole Causes Temporary USDA Office Closures in Florida

Dan Florida, USDA, USDA-FSA, Weather

Due to Hurricane Nicole moving through parts of Florida, several USDA offices in the state are closed the remainder of this week. Please call ahead to ensure your local USDA Service Center office is open before visiting. Florida FSA Office Locations: The following service centers will be closed at least through Thursday, November 10, 2022: Putnam, Volusia, Lake, Osceola, St. Lucie, …

disaster recovery

Florida Commissioner Nikki Fried Shares USDA Disaster Assistance Programs for Agricultural Producers, Urges Early Reporting of Losses

Dan Aquaculture, Beef, Cannabis, Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Crop Insurance, Dairy, Economy, Eggs, Equine, FDACS, Field Crops, Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Forestry, Fruits, Hemp, Herbs, Hydroponics, Industry, Livestock, Pasture, Peanuts, Pecans, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Tree Nuts, USDA, USDA-FSA, USDA-NRCS, Vegetables, Weather, Wheat

(FDACS/Tallahassee, FL/Sep 30, 2022) —  In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is sharing important resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist Florida agricultural producers who suffered losses due to the storm. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by Hurricane Ian that USDA has multiple programs to provide assistance in the wake of …


USDA Announces Climate-Smart Partnership Projects

Dan Climate Change, Environment, USDA

USDA is investing up to $2.8 billion in 70 selected projects under the first pool of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding opportunity.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement this week. “It’s an exciting opportunity for us to talk about farmers, ranchers, and producers who are on the frontlines of climate change, feeling the impacts on a daily basis,” …


More Resources to Help Underserved Farmers

Dan Economy, USDA

A new program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is designed to support projects that help underserved producers. According to a story from Gary Crawford, the program supports projects that enable producer’s access to land, capital and markets. The new $550 million USDA program also includes $250 million for the “From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food …


USDA Investing in Historically Underserved Communities to Bolster Meat, Poultry Sector

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Poultry, USDA, USDA-NIFA

Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an additional investment of more than $14 million to support agricultural workforce training in historically underserved communities that will increase the resilience of the U.S. meat and poultry processing sector. This investment is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts through the American Rescue Plan to strengthen the nation’s food supply chain by promoting …


USDA Extends Comment Period on Fertilizer Supply Chain Issues

Dan Fertilizer, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tuesday extended the comment deadline regarding its “Access to Fertilizer: Competition and Supply Chain Concerns” Federal Register notice. Published in the Federal Register in March, the previous deadlines for comments were May 16, and June 15, 2022. USDA extended the comment deadline another month to July 15, 2022. Andy Green, USDA’s Senior Advisor for …


Secretary Vilsack on Ukraine

Dan Exports/Imports, Specialty Crops, USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke with farm broadcasters recently, and on the topic of the war in Ukraine and its effects on agriculture, he discussed production losses. “My concern is that we calibrate the importance of production and profit. When I say that, I mean clearly the world is going to need more production in terms of being able to …


Vilsack on Losing CRP Acres

Dan Conservation, Environment, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that they are accepting just over two million acres in offers from agricultural producers and landowners through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup. But, as Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack explains, more land is leaving the CRP than is going in. Offers for new land into General CRP were considerably lower than last year’s numbers, with …