Commodity, Crop Insurance & Credit Programs


New Report Finds that Wetland and Grassland Destruction is Common

July 3, 2014

On Tuesday, July 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a new report on the status of wetland and grassland loss in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the upper Midwest and Plains States. Wetlands The report finds that between 1997 and 2009, net wetland acreage declined by roughly 6,200 acres per year.  […]

New Beginning Farmer and Conservation Crop Insurance Changes Announced

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 […]

Melone Testifies at House Agriculture Committee in Support of New Farmers

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 […]

Progress Report on Organic Price Elections for Crop Insurance

June 19, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a new report updating Congress on USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) progress towards completion of organic price elections for all insurable organic crops.  USDA has improved crop insurance offerings for organic farmers, but report makes it clear there is still a lot more work to do. With […]

Down Payment Loans Help Beginning Farmers Buy Farmland

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 […]

Federal Farm Loans Have Increased Access to Land for New Farmers Over the Past 20 Years

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 […]

Improving Risk Management Options for Diversified Farms

May 23, 2014

On May 21, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the launch of a pilot revenue insurance product for diversified farming operations — Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP).  Secretary Vilsack’s announcement contained some details on the policy, but the full policy is not expected to be publicly available until later this summer. The 2014 Farm Bill […]

House Subcommittee Passes 2015 Agriculture Funding Bill

May 20, 2014

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund USDA and FDA programs in 2015

Busy Week Ahead for USDA Funding in 2015

May 16, 2014

Next week is a big week for agriculture appropriations.  On Tuesday, May 20, both the House and the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees will debate and almost certainly pass their respective agriculture funding bills for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  The full Senate Appropriations Committee will then take up the agriculture appropriations bill on Thursday, May 22.  […]

Risk Management Education Funding Available

May 16, 2014

Risk Management Education Partnership Program The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), operating through the Risk Management Agency (RMA), has announced available funds totaling approximately $2 million for the Risk Management Education Partnerships Program.  The deadline for applications is June 30, 2014. The Risk Management Education Partnerships Program is a competitive cooperative partnership agreement program that provides crop insurance education […]

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