CRP Sign-up Underway

Farmers interested in signing up for Conservation Reserve Programs, have until February 12th to do so. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said while the window is not large, he’s confident it’s long enough for those interested in CRP to sign-up, or at least get their questions answered. For landowners interested in participating, Fordyce said the process […]

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 […]

County Committee Elections Underway

With the November general election behind us, the USDA is reminding all eligible farmers and ranchers to check their mailbox for another important ballot. Voting is now open for the 2020 USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee elections. “Now through December 7th farmers and ranchers and eligible administrative areas can cast their votes for who […]

Fordyce: Interest In CFAP2 Remains Strong

According to FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce, interest in the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has been strong. “As of October 22nd, We’ve approved over 443,000 applications and we’ve approved for payment a little of $7.6 billion dollars for the CFAP2 program in payments.” Fordyce added that the original CFAP and CFAP2 are two […]