Beginning and Minority Farmers
July 16, 2014
On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final rule, “Nondiscrimination in Programs or Activities Conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture.” It follows the proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2013 for public comment. The USDA regulation on nondiscrimination was last revised in 1999. […]
July 1, 2014
On Monday June 30, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) released an interim rule outlining seven actions it is taking to modify crop insurance inline with the requirements of the 2014 Farm Bill, to increase access for beginning farmers and encourage natural resource conservation. NSAC supported the inclusion of several […]
June 27, 2014
New updates on how the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative has benefited new farmers and encouraged additional conservation efforts.
June 27, 2014
On Wednesday, June 25, the House Agriculture Committee’s subcommittee that deals with rural development and farm credit issues held an oversight hearing on credit availability in rural America. As is so often the case in these types of hearings, it quickly turned into a slug fest between the Farm Credit System and the banking industry […]
June 23, 2014
On Monday, June 23, U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the implementation of several 2014 Farm Bill measures as well as other policy initiatives to help support new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Harden made the announcement at the inaugural meeting of the reconvened Beginning Farmer and Rancher Advisory Committee in Davis, […]
June 11, 2014
USDA’s Down Payment Loan Program has been around for over 20 years, and this post is the second in a two part series that examines the impact this program has had on growing new farmers over the past 20 years. To read the first post in the series, click here. By Traci Bruckner, Senior Associate for Agriculture […]
June 9, 2014
USDA’s Down Payment Loan Program has been around for over 20 years, and this post is the first in a two part series that examines the impact this program has had on growing new farmers over the past 20 years. Stay tuned for our second installment later this week! Access to affordable farmland is one […]
June 5, 2014
New conservation opportunities for beginning, socially disadvantaged, or veteran farmers to access land through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP)
June 3, 2014
What does the new ag Census reveal about women and minority farmers across the country?
May 28, 2014
What does the new ag Census reveal about the next generation of farmers and the future of agriculture?