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 […]

Hoeven Highlights Ag Appropriations Bill as Process Begins

Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chair John Hoeven says the Senate version of the fiscal year 2021 Ag appropriations Bill fully funds farm loan programs and supports rural innovation. The North Dakota Republican added it will also bolster future agricultural research. Hoeven told the Hagstrom Report that, “As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, we’ve […]

While Mainstreet Index Has Improved, More Needs To Be Done

Last month’s Creighton Rural Mainstreet Index posted its highest reading in six months. While the index level climbed above growth neutral at 53.2 in October, it also shows that a recession continues in Rural America. Creighton University’s Dr. Ernie Goss, chair of the Economic Department said things are going in the right direction, but there […]

Biden or Trump, What Does the Future Hold for Farmers?

Election day is finally here. While the results may be delayed, and there are signals of a messy outcome, for farmers and ranchers, one certainty is the likely reduction in federal direct payments. Experts seem to agree that the record direct payments to farmers this year is not a sustainable approach. Either candidate will likely […]

Reuters: Payments to Farmers at All Time High Before Election

Direct payments to American farmers are at an all-time high as the nation prepares for the presidential election in less than two weeks. Record government subsidies, much needed in the turbulent trade environment and coronavirus pandemic, are projected to make up more than a third of farm income in 2020. According to Reuters, the aid […]