Vilsack: ARC and PLC more defensible than direct payments

The federal farm programs known as Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage (ARC-PLC) are more defensible than the federal direct farm payments that they replace, according to Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  It’s hard to explain to people outside of agriculture why farmers receive payments when prices are at record highs, said Secretary… Read more »

Vilsack unveils risk management programs

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday officially unveiled the Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs to help farmers manage risk. “I think it’s a recognition that there’s significant risk in farming,” said Secretary Vilsack, during a conference call to reporters Thursday, “not just from weather related circumstances, but also precipitous drops in crop… Read more »

Making sure the Farm Bill is working

As Farm Bill program details are rolled out and details become clearer, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown wants to know what’s working and what’s not. Brown, a member of the Senator Agriculture Committee understands tweaks may be needed. “Any time you do something as major as a multi-billion dollar Farm Bill you will still need to… Read more »

Making Farm Bill decisions

The decisions farmers will be making when sign-up begins for programs in the new Farm Bill will be important decisions. So where should a farmer be in the process right now? Dr. Carl Zulauf in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University says thinking about base acres and base yields… Read more »

Farm Bill provides risk management options

Over 200 farmers attended a Farm Bill Implementation Forum at Bowling Green State University on Friday, July 25.   Sponsored by Ohio Farmers Union the Forum was designed to provide insight into what the new Farm Bill provides and while complex, Joe Shultz, Chief Economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee says it also provides farmers… Read more »

Farm Bill Implementation Forum

Farmers are asking a lot of questions about the new Farm Bill. Joe Logan, President of the Ohio Farmers Union says a Farm Bill Implementation Forum being held on Friday, July 25, at Bowling Green State University, is designed to bring some clarity to what’s included in the Farm Bill. “So this is an opportunity… Read more »

Pressure mounting for farm bill implementation

Pressure is growing on the USDA to step up its implementation of the 2014 farm bill.  Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill says farmers will need some time to study their options when it comes to new crop commodity programs. “When will farmers go in and sign up? What tools will they have to be… Read more »

Livestock disaster program backlog

There’s a big backlog of producers waiting to get livestock disaster payments from the new farm bill, especially in drought-stricken states.  Lawmakers at a recent House Agriculture committee hearing complained to USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse about it. Scuse told them that the USDA is doing what it can, “We’re looking at not only hiring temporary… Read more »

Concerns shared about Farm Bill implementation

USDA Undersecretary Michael Scuse heard concerns from lawmakers this week at a House Ag subcommittee hearing on Farm Bill implementation. South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem told Scuse that farmers need adequate time to reach conservation compliance if they make an honest mistake, “I know producers out there many times are busy, they’ve got a lot… Read more »

Supporting beginning farmers and ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced new policies that will provide beginning farmers and ranchers additional financial security. USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden tells Brownfield that to help beginning farmers and ranchers navigate the new policies, USDA has also launched a new website. Audio: USDA Deputy Secretary, Krysta Harden (2:55 mp3)