Commodity, Crop Insurance & Credit Programs


Expanded USDA Microloans Program Increases Opportunity for Small and Beginning Farmers

January 25, 2016

Access to credit continues to be an urgent need for farmers across the country, especially for small and beginning farmers. Starting a new farm is not unlike starting any other small business–it can require significant upfront capital to get off the ground. USDA recently announced exciting changes to their Microloan Program, including launching a new […]

10 Ways USDA Can Address Climate Change in 2016

December 30, 2015

The new year presents a final window of opportunity for the Administration to act upon climate change

Top 15 Wins for Sustainable Agriculture in 2015

December 18, 2015

All that we have to be grateful for in 2015, from promoting conservation to empowering beginning farmers

Massive Year-End Funding Bill A Mixed Bag But Includes Significant Wins for Sustainable Agriculture

December 16, 2015

Final appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2016 will fund programs supporting sustainable agriculture

Final Actively Engaged Rule Preserves Unlimited Subsidies for the Biggest Farms

December 16, 2015

USDA has released the final rule for implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill’s “actively engaged” provision that governs commodity program payment limitations. This final rule governs the ability of non-family partnerships and joint ventures to qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollar of extra federal subsidy payments. This is one of the last final rules […]

Congress Reverses Crop Insurance Reform; Agriculture Appropriations and Nutrition Decisions Loom

December 7, 2015

Last week, Congress voted to reverse several basic reforms to the federal crop insurance program – reforms that both the House and Senate agreed to as part of a two-year budget deal signed into law by the President back in late October. That budget deal required the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to renegotiate its […]

High Demand for Farm Loans in 2015 with Even Greater Demand on Horizon for 2016

November 13, 2015

Just like any small business, starting and running a farm is no small feat, and can be quite expensive. Everything from purchasing or leasing land to farm, seeds, equipment, and breeding stock, add up. Often, the timing of farm expenses required at the beginning of a growing season don’t line up perfectly with when revenue […]

Final Budget Deal Raises Spending Caps and Reforms Crop Insurance: Will Reforms Stand?

October 30, 2015

Shortly after 3am on Friday, October 30, the Senate passed a final budget deal for fiscal years (FY) 2016 and 2017, which the House passed on Wednesday.

USDA Awards $7 Million for Risk Management Education

October 28, 2015

Last week, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced awards totaling over $7 million for risk management education and training programs through the Risk Management Education Partnerships Program and the Targeted States Crop Insurance Education Program. Although farming is risky business, farmers can take a variety of actions to mitigate the inherent risk in farming. This year, […]

Congress and White House Reach Budget Deal: What it Means for Agriculture

October 27, 2015

As the clock struck 11pm on Monday, October 26, Congress and the White House announced that they had reached an agreement on raising the United States debt limit as well as discretionary spending caps for fiscal years (FY) 2016 and 2017. Debt Limit and Spending Caps The agreement suspends the U.S. borrowing cap (also known […]

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