Grid Security for Rural Electric

The 2018 Farm Bill created a grid security division within the rural utilities service of USDA’s Rural Development Mission Area. A memorandum of understanding between USDA and the Department of Energy was reached the following year. Rural Utilities Service administrator Chris McClean said some of the efforts to bolster security and provide available financing for […]

How Will Renewable Energy Be Part Of 2022 Farm Bill

A hindsight look at how renewable energy programs of projects from the 2018 Farm Bill have provided rural producers and stakeholders opportunities in the now and the future. “When communities lean in to clean energy, as so many are already doing and have been doing for years, the resulting economic prosperity is clear.  Jobs are […]

USDA Working To Help Local Producers Find New Destinations

New investments are designed to give local and regional food producers more opportunities to sell their goods locally, to hospitals, universities and government outlets. “This means that roughly $97 million will now be available for a variety of opportunities to create a strong local and regional food system,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He added […]

ODA Gets OK To Regulate Hemp Production

Last week, the USDA announced the approval of the Oregon Department of Ag’s plan to regulate hemp production statewide. This mean, through the ODA the state can continue to serve as the primary regulator of hemp production in Oregon. ODA previously operated its Hemp Program using the authorities provided by Oregon Revised Statutes and the […]

Legislation Calls for Federal Milk Marketing Order Class I Pricing Hearings

New legislation introduced last week in the Senate calls for Federal Milk Marketing Order hearings addressing Class I milk pricing. Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and Republican Susan Collins of Maine introduced the bipartisan Dairy Pricing Opportunity Act. The bill requires the Department of Agriculture to initiate the process of […]

Next Farm Bill Could Face Trouble

A Successful Farming article says there may be trouble ahead for the upcoming Farm Bill in D.C. A former USDA official says the 2023 legislation could be in trouble if the political turbulence surrounding the last two farm bills keeps going into next year. “The deep polarization heightens the uncertainty of how this farm bill […]

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 […]

ISDA Announces Approval Of State’s Hemp Plan

Hemp production will soon be a reality in Idaho. On Monday, the Idaho state Department of Agriculture announced that the USDA has approved the state’s Hemp Plan. Under this plan, ISDA will begin licensing hemp producers and handlers under Idaho Code and the 2018 Farm Bill. The ISDA will open online hemp license applications on […]

Washington State University Awarded $5 Million To Support Hop Research

Late last week, the USDA awarded Washington State University $4,853,908 to benefit the Pacific Northwest hop industry. The funds, which were part of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant program, will allow WSU to conduct research on enhancing supply chain sustainability and global competitiveness. “As one of the leading producers of specialty crops in the […]

USDA Rolls Out Micro-Farm Policy

Small farmers who sells products locally may be eligible for a new USDA crop insurance product coming out soon. Risk Management Agency Acting Administrator, Richard Flournoy, said the new product is a micro-farm policy. “This policy will be available for the 2022 crop year,” he noted. “Some key features to the policy is that it will […]