Specialty crop insurance expanded

USDA is expanding fresh fruit and nut specialty crop insurance coverage options. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says coverage will be available beginning in the 2016 crop year. “We’ve been making a concerted effort over the last several years following the passage of the farm bill of creating an expansion of these opportunities for specialty… Read more »

Enrollment period final step in process

With enrollment in the ARC and PLC programs underway, we’re reminded the steps it’s taken to get to this point. As eligible farmers schedule a visit to their local FSA office to enroll in either the ARC or PLC program, Farms Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini says it’s the final step that began last September… Read more »

ARC/PLC enrollment begins June 17

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U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the enrollment period for the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. The enrollment period begins Wednesday, June 17 and runs through September 30th at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. “This is what we do at the Farm Service Agency, we enroll people in… Read more »

Stabenow on COOL and WOTUS

Retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico could be detrimental to agricultural commodities. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Ag Committee, says Congress needs to ensure Canada does not retaliate. “Hopefully we can get agreement on those as soon as possible so that we don’t see negative consequences because that would be very… Read more »

Peterson points to CRP in buffer debate

Congressman Collin Peterson’s solution to the buffer bill proposed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton lies in the federal Farm Bill. Peterson, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, says a widely used provision exists that provides federal funding for voluntary buffer strips. “The continuous CRP.  It is available year round.  There’s acres available under… Read more »

Hearing: Farm Bill for the down times

The theme of a hearing on Capitol Hill this week centered on the Farm Bill’s importance during down times. Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz, the ranking member of the subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, said lawmakers “write the farm bill for the bad times, not for the good”, adding that “when commodity prices… Read more »

Michigan Corn reminds farmers of FSA deadlines

Conservation Compliance forms need to filed for farmers using crop insurance this year.  Angel Jenio, Communications Specialist for Michigan Corn, reminds farmers to apply by June 1 to meet the deadline.  She says farmers can contact the local Farm Service Agency for more details. AUDIO: Interview with Angel Jenio (1:59 mp3):

USDA addresses climate change

USDA announced new incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and increase renewable energy. USDA will utilize existing programs and initiatives to focus on soil health, nutrient management and forest conservation. The department will also improve efforts to develop renewable energy, increase energy efficiency and build agricultural and forestry systems. “In order to… Read more »

4-H members testify at House Ag Committee

A group of 4-H members testified at a House Ag Committee hearing this week to address how they’re working to bridge the gap between urban and rural communities. Shelby Nierman, a 4-H delegate from Brownstown, Indiana spoke about the importance of connecting urban and rural consumers through 4-H.  “Programs such as 4-H are essential in… Read more »