Five More Idaho Counties Declared Disaster Areas By The USDA

On Thursday, the USDA designated five Idaho counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas. Because of this weeks’ designation, Blaine, Butte, Caribou, Custer and Fremont counties are eligible for emergency credit from the FSA. The funds can be used to meet various recovery needs, such as replacing essential items, livestock equipment and operation reorganization. FSA will […]

FSA’s Focus Areas of Farm Bill Conservation

Conservation could receive the most focus of any of the Farm Bill titles, as a new one is being crafted at this time. What with growing areas of emphasis, such as climate smart tag agriculture. A recent Agripulse panel was asked what they thought would be the most important part of a 2023 Farm Bill […]

Payments for Drought and Wildfire

A new program introduced last week by USDA will assist some ranchers who faced an increase in supplemental feed costs last year. Farm Service Agency Deputy Administrator Scott Marlow said this will provide producers much needed relief. “This is to cover the additional costs of feed and grazing outside of the in season grazing periods […]

USDA to Host Data Users’ Meeting

NASS will hold its biannual Data Users’ Meeting later this month. USDA is hosting the meeting to share recent and pending statistical program changes with the public, and to solicit input on programs important to agriculture. The event is organized by NASS in cooperation with the World Agricultural Outlook Board, FSA, ERS, Agricultural Marketing Service, […]

USDA Deadline for Cover Crop Program is March 15th

The USDA wants to remind producers that the deadline for the Pandemic Cover Crop Program is March 15th. The program provides farmers who plant cover crops and have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from the USDA. All cover crops reportable for the FSA are eligible. The premium support […]

USDA Out With First Nationwide Hemp Report

The USDA has just released its first report on the production and value of hemp. “It really is an exciting day.  Its been more than two years in the works.  Getting us to this point, we’re excited to share some information with you,” NASS’ Lance Honig said about the release of the first nationwide report […]

Thompson Calling For USDA Employees To Return To Work

Ag lawmakers on Capitol Hill say it’s time for USDA to end COVID staffing restrictions at FSA offices. House Ag Ranking Member, Glenn Thompson, told USDA Undersecretary Robert Bonnie this week that it’s time for USDA employees to return to work. “USDA is still limiting FSA offices to just 25% of their personnel, and limiting […]

Grazing Loss Assistance Application Deadline Nears

Ranchers and livestock producers may be eligible for financial assistance through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program for 2021 grazing losses due to a qualifying drought or fire. Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux said, “FSA is here to help offset these economic hardships and help producers rebuild with resilience.” The deadline to apply for the program is […]

USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Signups for 2022

Agricultural producers and landowners can sign up soon for the Conservation Reserve Program. The Department of Agriculture calls CRP a key tool in the Biden Administration effort to address climate change and achieve other natural resource benefits. The General CRP signup begins January 31st and remains open through March 11th, and the Grassland CRP signup […]

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 […]