Nebraska Farm Bureau seeks sign-up extension

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Nebraska Farm Bureau is asking for an extension of the farm bill sign-up period. In a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Nebraska group asks that USDA give farmers until April 30th to make decisions related to base acre reallocations, yield updates and all other commodity related farm program decisions. Jordan Dux, director of… Read more »

Farmers oppose potential crop insurance cuts

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A strong crop insurance program is vital to today’s farmer. That was one of the messages coming out of this morning’s Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on implementation of the 2014 farm bill. One of those testifying was Iowa farmer Clay Mitchell. “Crop insurance is not a way to get rich, it’s a matter of survival,”… Read more »

Ag issues in Capitol Hill spotlight

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will appear before two Congressional committees this week. On Tuesday, Vilsack will testify at a Senate Ag Committee hearing on implementation of the farm bill. On Wednesday, he’ll appear before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. Later this week, Vilsack will be in Phoenix to speak at the annual Commodity Classic… Read more »

Farmers face many decisions on programs, insurance

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Over the next few weeks, crop farmers will have to finalize many decisions regarding farm programs and crop insurance under the new farm bill. Doug Burns, a vice president of insurance with Omaha-based Farm Credit Services of America, talks about some of the key changes producers need to consider for 2015 and the deadlines for… Read more »

Crop insurance and the new farm bill

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There’s been a lot of discussion about crop insurance changes under the 2014 Farm Bill. We asked Carmen Draper, a Farm Credit Services of America insurance specialist (based in western Nebraska), to talk about some of the key changes, steps and decisions that producers need to consider for 2015. AUDIO: Carmen Draper Photo credit: NOAA’s National Weather… Read more »

Vilsack: Make farm bill choices known

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack wants growers to let their choices be known now if they’ve decided between the Farm Bill’s ARC or PLC program. Vilsack said on a conference call with reporters earlier this week, “We’re encouraging folks who’ve made decisions to let their local FSA office know what that decision is so we don’t… Read more »

Stabenow reflects on Farm Bill one year later

It’s been one year since the President was at Michigan State University to sign the Farm Bill.  Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the Senate Ag Committee says USDA has been working hard over the past year to implement the different provisions.  “We were able to help those who were wiped out in 2012 get some… Read more »

Farm Bill implementation one year in

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It’s been a year since the 2014 Farm Bill began to be implemented and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s been a great undertaking. Farmers joined him on a call with reporters to talk about how the new Farm Bill provisions have helped them. Ben LaCross is a grower in northern Michigan whose cherry crop,… Read more »

Concern over budget crop insurance cuts

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President Obama’s proposal to cut crop insurance in his 2016 budget does not sit well with ag leaders on Capitol Hill. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas says the president’s budget would cut the very tool farmers and ranchers need. In explaining the ag budget, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters Monday the proposal will… Read more »

Grappling with farm program decisions

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Dr. James Richardson is co-director of the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and one of the co-authors of A&M’s on-line farm program calculator. Richardson tells Brownfield that the beauty of the 2014 farm bill is that it allows producers to customize the farm program to their own operations.  But with that… Read more »