IBM to Help USDA Modernize Conservation Program

IBM announced last week it is one of the five businesses selected by the USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation Mission Area to provide support for USDA’s digital modernization efforts. Four other businesses were also selected to receive large business awards, with the combined worth of those five awards at $620 million paid out for work […]

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, […]

USDA To Increase Certain Incentive CRP Payments

The USDA is increasing incentive payments for practices installed on land enrolled in the Continuous CRP. FSA is upping the Practice Incentive Payment for installing practices from 5% to 20%. Producers will also receive a 10% incentive payment for water quality practices on land enrolled in CRP’s continuous signup. FSA administers the CRP on behalf […]

Missouri Farm Bureau Elects Youngest State Farm Bureau President

Missouri Farm Bureau Federation members elected Garrett Hawkins as its next President, taking the reins from long-time outgoing president Blake Hurst. At 40 years of age, Hawkins becomes the youngest state farm bureau president. Over the weekend, the organization elected Hawkins over Vice President Todd Hays and USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce. Hawkins […]

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 […]

EFRP Grants Available For Oregon Forest Landowners Hit By Wildfire

Private forest landowners across Oregon hit hard by wildfires have until the end of the year to submit applications to the Emergency Forest Restoration Program.  EFRP provides grant payments to owners of nonindustrial private forest, NIPF, enabling them to carry out emergency measures to restore land damaged by a natural disaster. “It is important that […]

Emergency Haying and Grazing Extended For Washington Growers

The Washington state Farm Service Agency announced Thursday that wheat growers impacted by wildfires this season can utilize Conservation Reserve Program Emergency Haying and Grazing for longer than the typical 90 days. FSA said the extension cannot run past December 31st. This applies to both producers who have already utilized emergency haying and grazing as […]