USDA Announces Assistance For Timber Businesses Impacted By Pandemic

On Tuesday, the USDA announced it is providing up to $200 million to provide relief to timber businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Department, harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses due to COVID-19 are eligible for the Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. Loggers and truckers can apply for assistance […]

Ducheneaux: Indemnity Program Will Benefit Livestock Producers Still Struggling

A newly announced aspect of the USDA’s pandemic assistance for producers initiative, is focused on livestock and poultry producers. “These producers who had to euthanize or otherwise dispose of animals because slaughter capacity just wasn’t there because of the pandemic,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. Incurred financial losses as well as cost associated with herd […]

USDA Announces Dates for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands Signups

Farmers have until August 20 to apply for the Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands. This year, the Department of Agriculture updated signup options to provide greater incentives for producers and increase the program’s conservation and climate benefits, including setting a minimum rental rate and identifying two national priority zones. The CRP Grassland signup is competitive, and […]

CLEAR30 Goes National

Landowners with existing Conservation Reserve Program contracts now have another opportunity to expand their conservation efforts. “We’re expanding the clean lakes estuaries and rivers 30 year contracts pilot to be nationwide,” noted FSA Administrator, Zach Ducheneaux. He added CLEAR30 is a water-quality focused option available though CRP via the 2018 Farm Bill. And until its […]

USDA Announces Dates for CRP and Grasslands Signup

USDA set a deadline of July 23, 2021, for all agricultural producers and landowners to apply for the Conservation Reserve Program General Signup number 56. Also, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept applications for CRP Grasslands from July 12 to August 20. This year, USDA updated both signup options to provide greater incentives for […]

USDA Looking To Expand CRP Participation

USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program is expanding from its cap of 25 million acres. “Currently we’re four million acres below the goal for 2021 and the cap is going to increase to 27 million acres by 2023,” noted FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “In addition, there’s another three million acres that are going to be exiting CRP […]

USDA Initiative to Quantify Climate Benefits of CRP

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced an initiative to quantify the climate benefits of CRP contracts. The multi-year effort will enable USDA to better target CRP toward climate outcomes and improve existing models and conservation planning tools while supporting USDA’s goal of putting American agriculture and forestry at the center of climate-smart solutions to address […]

USDA Reopens CFAP Application Period

USDA has re-opened the application period for the Coronavirus Food and Assistance Program or CFAP 2. “That was re-opened on April 5th for at least 60 days and the original sign up period ended December 11th,” said Zach Ducheneaux, FSA Administrator. “There were some gaps and some adjustments that needed to be made to fill […]

ARC/PLC Sign Up Deadline Is Monday

Monday is the deadline to sign up for ARC or PLC. “So far this year we’ve only got 81.15%cof our expected enrollment. That’s 1.4 million producers,” FSA Administrators Zach Ducheneaux noted. “Just to give you some of the historical numbers 2019 we had 1.77 million producers signed up and 1.756 in 2020 and again we’re […]