Northey Discusses New Quality Loss Program

The USDA has announced a new program to help eligible producers who suffered from crop quality loss because of natural disasters. That was Undersecretary Bill Northey said the program looks at those who suffered losses from excess moisture, wildfires and more in 2018 and 2019. “And while we had good models to be able to […]

USDA Seeks Members for Advisory Committee on Urban Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture seeks members for a new advisory committee on urban agriculture. The committee is part of a broader effort to focus on the needs of urban farmers. The 12-person committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the development of policies and outreach relating to urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production […]

What Is USDA Doing To Help Young Farmers, Ranchers?

For agriculture to succeed in 2021 and well beyond, young people will need to step up and eventually take the reins of the industry. But there are a host of challenges when it comes to the next generation of farmers. But, as Stephanie Ho points out, the USDA is using ever tool in their tool […]

Fordyce: We Learned A Lot From The Pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic started to spread across the country back in March, the USDA’s local service service centers had to adjust, moving to maximum telework status. But according to Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce, the agency’s was really not equipped for the transition. He said his agency and others began to scramble around […]

USDA Celebrates 2020 Accomplishments

Earlier this week, the USDA celebrated their accomplishments of 2020. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce stated, “We partner with agricultural producers to grow and expand their operations as well as weather the unpredictable, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters.” USDA’s farm program agencies – the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management […]

Farmers Thanking USDA For Programs During Pandemic

Even with a variety of problems and struggles for USDA employees caused by the pandemic, USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey said they delivered ad hoc programs very quickly. Many of those programs have turned out to be vital for farmers, such as CFAP and CFAP2. And the head of the Farm Service Agency, Richard Fordyce, […]

2021 DMC Sign Up Ends December 11th

Northwest producers interested in participating in the 2021 Dairy Margin Coverage program have just a few more days to sign up. “It’s good management tool,” said USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey. “We encourage producers to look seriously at it. the 2021 sign up ends on December 11th.” Northey pointed out that DMC started under the 2018 […]

CFAP2 Application Deadline Days Away

The USDA is reminding producers the CFAP2 deadline is just around the corner. “Coronavirus has had a big impact on agriculture producers across the country and CFAP2 was developed really to be able to help producers get through a year like this and cover some of the extra costs. We made CFAP2 as simple and […]

USDA Highlights Risk Management Tools For Livestock Producers

USDA and the Extension Risk Management Education Program recently co-hosted a webinar focused on livestock risk management and what assistance is available for producers. “We have risk management agency within our mission area,” noted USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “We have several crop insurance tools. We call them cattle insurance. Cattle […]

Trump Announces Subcabinet to Modernize Water Resource Management

This week, President Trump signed an executive order seeking to modernize water management and infrastructure. The order creates a Water Policy Committee that the White House calls the Water Subcabinet. The subcabinet will be co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. The committee also includes the Secretaries of Agriculture, […]