APH could be ‘lifeline’ for drought plagued growers

The new farm bill provision called Actual Production History Yield Exclusion (APH) has the potential to be a lifeline for farmers following crop losses due to bad weather.  Texas Panhandle farmer Wade Cowan tells Brownfield he’s had four years of drought that were preceded by a hail-out. “Basically we’ve been sitting for the last five… Read more »

USDA implements APH Yield Exclusion

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The USDA has implemented a Farm Bill initiative to provide emergency relief from drought and other severe weather conditions. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion will apply to Spring 2015 crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA’s Risk Management… Read more »

Economist: margin protection program a positive step

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Dairy producers are able to choose their level of protection of the margin between the cost of feed and the income from marketing milk. Scott Brown, a livestock and dairy economist at the University of Missouri, talked with Brownfield Ag News about some of the features of the 2014 farm bill dairy margin protection program…. Read more »

MU Farm Program meetings in November

Four meetings are being held for Missouri farmers looking for assistance in deciding which farm programs to choose. The University of Missouri is hosting the free meetings on November 10, 11 and 12th to be led by M-U Extension specialists: November 10, Miner-Sikeston area, Miner Convention Center (10 am til 2 pm) November 11, Macon,… Read more »

Similar outcomes expected in farm tools

Farmers have the option of choosing between two online tools to help them determine which commodity program to sign up for – the Price Loss Coverage or Agricultural Risk Coverage.  But could the two tools contradict each other? We asked Jonathan Coppess with the University of Illinois – where one of the online tools was… Read more »

It’s gonna be a busy winter

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From deciding whether the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program or the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program is the right program for their farm, to making sure they have the right crop insurance coverage, it’s going to be a busy winter for farmers. Jason Alexander, V.P. of Crop Insurance at Farm Credit Mid-America says to help farmers wade… Read more »

It’s gonna be a busy winter

From deciding whether the Price Loss Coverage program or the Agricultural Risk Coverage program is the right program for their farm, to making sure they have the right crop insurance coverage, it’s going to be a busy winter for farmers. Jason Alexander, V.P. of Crop Insurance at Farm Credit Mid-America says to help farmers wade… Read more »

FAPRI-MU has farm program tool, too

Farmers have options when choosing online tools to help them decide which commodity program they’ll sign up with.  The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri has developed a tool with Texas A&M University. Peter Zimmel, FAPRI-MU program director, says ease of use was at the top of the list… “With… Read more »

Online tool for Farm Bill programs

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Jonathan Coppess, with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois says an online tool developed to help farmers make decisions between the ARC and PLC programs in the Commodity Title of the Farm Bill allows farmers to go through the decision making steps and enter different scenarios on their time…. Read more »

Yield history updated, base acres reallocated beginning Monday

Beginning Monday, farm owners are able visit Farm Service Agency offices if they want to update their yield history or reallocate base acres.  Most farm owners and producers received letters this summer to help them analyze crop planting history in order to decide whether to keep their base acres or reallocate them according to recent… Read more »