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 […]

Dairy Safety Net Enrollment Ends on December 11

The USDA is reminding dairy producers that the deadline to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage program for the calendar year 2021 is quickly approaching on December 11. The USDA’s FSA opened DMC signup back in October to help producers manage economic risk brought on by milk price and feed cost disparities. “2020 has been […]

USDA Announces Updated Conservation Practice Standards

Earlier this week, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, NRCS, published a new list of updates to its National Conservation Practice Standards. The revisions include 58 standards that have been updated or revised since August. The 2018 Farm Bill required NRCS to review all 169 of its national conservation practices to seek opportunities to increase flexibility […]

AFBF: 2018 Farm Bill, COVID-19 Cost Dairy Industry Millions

The 2018 Farm Bill modified milk pricing rules to facilitate improved risk management for beverage milk processors, cooperatives and dairy farmers. While the goal of improving risk management was achieved, American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist John Newton says the change cost dairy farmers millions. “It got rid of what was the higher-of, in the […]

Roberts Says Farm Bill Future Depends on CCC

Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts took part in a discussion on the Senate floor this week about the replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation. The Kansas Republican pointed out that failure to do so would not only hurt already-struggling farmers, ranchers, and growers, it would jeopardize the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill programs. […]

AFBF Leaning On Congress To Address CCC

In a typical year, funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation is one of the least controversial items on Capitol Hill. However, as we’ve learned the hard way, 2020 is not your typical year. Andrew Walmsley, senior director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau, said CCC funding is in jeopardy unless Congress approves money […]

USDA Streamlining Whole Farm Revenue Protection

On Wednesday, the USDA announced changes to streamline the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program. The modifications, according to USDA, will decrease paperwork and recordkeeping burdens for direct marketers beginning with the 2021 crop year. Risk Management Agency  Administrator Martin Barbre said, “These changes will allow more direct marketers who previously could not meet reporting requirements a […]

USDA Changes Actively Farming Requirement For Subsidies

The USDA is out with its final rule on payment limits and its definition of farmers who are “actively engaged”, under the 2018 Farm Bill. Senate Finance Chair and Agriculture Committee member Chuck Grassley has pursued farm payment limits for years, getting language in House and Senate farm bills twice, only to see it ditched […]

Merkley, Murray Question Redirecting Of Minority Program Funding

Several Northwest lawmakers are asking the USDA why funds have been redirected from a program designed to help farmers who are immigrants, people of color and veterans. The letter signed by Washington Senator Patty Murray, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer, asks the USDA’s Mike Beatty to explain why funding appropriated for  […]

Organic Farmers Outraged Over FSA Announcement to Reducing Cost Share Reimbursements

Last week, the USDA announced Organic Certification Cost Share Program funds to offset the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification. Applications for eligible certification expenses paid between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020, are due October 31st of this year. However, due to expected participation levels and the limited funds available, the FSA […]