Hemp License Applications Now Open In Idaho

This was the first week growers in Idaho could apply for a license to grow hemp. The Gem State recently had its Hemp Plan approved by the USDA. While Idaho may have been one of the last states to come up with a Hemp Plan, Chanel Tewalt with the Idaho state Department of Agriculture said […]

Vilsack, Ag Senators Discuss Priorities

Ag Senators met privately this week with USDA head Tom Vilsack to discuss legislative priorities. Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley says the meeting was “off the record”, and he couldn’t detail what others said, but he mentioned his priorities. “I brought up with Vilsack, a couple of my priorities. First, the department should be in the […]

FSA Changes Key Definitions Impacting Family Farm Operations

The Farm Service Agency restored the previous definitions of terms like “active personal management, significant contribution, and related phrasing” in a rule regarding farm program subsidy eligibility and payment limitations. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said the change is more of a “correction.” He says, “These revisions mean that members of a family farm operation are […]

USDA Announces Funding to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers

On Tuesday, the USDA announced approximately $15 million to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program. The program is administered by the USDA Office of […]

Many Changes To Hemp Reported Between 2014, 2018 Farm Bills

USDA General Counsel Stephen Vaden points to some of the major differences between authorities for hemp in the 2014 versus the 2018 Farm Bills. “While the 2014 authority referred only to states and certain research institutions, meaning universities, the 2018 Farm Bill explicitly includes Indian tribes. Another major difference is how USDA’s role has changed […]

Hemp Crop Insurance Coverage Available for 2020

Certain industrial hemp growers will be able to obtain insurance coverage under the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program for crop year 2020.  On Tuesday, the Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency Tuesday announced coverage for hemp grown for fiber, flower or seeds.  The coverage will be available to producers who are in areas covered by USDA-approved […]