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USDA Accepts 2 Million Acres in Offers Through Conservation Reserve Program General Signup

Dan Conservation, Environment, USDA

(WASHINGTON, May 3, 2022) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting more than 2 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and landowners through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General signup, the first of the program’s multiple signups occurring in 2022. With about 3.4 million acres expiring this year, Vilsack encourages producers and landowners …

Rural Partners Network: USDA Initiative to Benefit Georgia Communities

Clint Thompson Georgia, USDA

By Clint Thompson The Rural Partners Network will bridge the information gap between rural America and the federal government. Communities in Georgia will be among the first to benefit. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, White House Rural Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu and Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop discussed the new effort on Thursday during a visit with South …

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Additional Funds for Livestock Producers Affected by Drought and Wildfire

Dan Cattle, Drought, Economy, Forestry, Livestock, USDA

The USDA has announced additional funds for livestock producers who were affected by wildfires and droughts. USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation, Robert Bonnie spoke with AgNet Media to make the announcement to our listeners. Listen here: The USDA says ranchers who have approved applications through the 2021 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for forage losses due to severe …

USDA Announces Investment in American Made Fertilizer

Clint Thompson Fertilizer, USDA

Soaring fertilizer prices has many farmers concerned about the rising costs of production for many crops this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last Friday it will support additional fertilizer production for American farmers to address the rising costs. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said $250 million will be made available through a new grant program this summer to …

ARC/PLC Signup Ends March 15

Jim Rogers Agri-Business, Industry News Release, USDA

Agricultural producers who have yet to enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2022 crop year, are being reminded Tuesday, March 15, 2022 is the deadline to sign a contract. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers these two safety net programs to provide income support to farmers experiencing substantial declines in …

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$215 Million Committed to Enhance the Rural American Food Supply Chain

Dan Beef, Economy, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, USDA

Department Will Make Available $215 Million for Projects That Will Promote Competition and Increase Resiliency and Create Economic Opportunity in Rural America (USDA/WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2022) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is making available up to $215 million in grants and other support to expand meat and poultry processing options, strengthen the food supply …

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USDA to Invest $1 Billion in Climate Smart Commodities

Dan Climate Change, USDA

Monday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will deliver on its promise to expand markets by investing $1 billion in partnerships to support America’s climate-smart farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. The new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities opportunity will finance pilot projects that create market opportunities for U.S. agricultural and forestry products that use climate-smart practices and include innovative, …

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New Anti-Competition Reporting Tool

Dan Cattle, Livestock, Poultry, USDA

Last week, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Justice (DOJ) launched a new tool where farmers and ranchers can anonymously report potentially unfair and anticompetitive practices in the livestock and poultry sectors. This can be done online at farmerfairness.gov. “This new online tool will help USDA and the Justice Department address anticompetitive actions and create livestock and poultry markets that …

timber harvesters

USDA to Issue Final Pandemic Payments for Timber Harvesters and Haulers

Dan Forestry, Legislative, Regulation, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will start issuing final pandemic assistance payments to timber harvesters and timber hauling businesses through the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) program next week. Overall, $200 million will be provided to loggers and log trucking businesses who experienced a gross revenue loss of at least 10% during the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. …