Risk Management

Organic Farms Noteworthy in Many Ways According to USDA Census of Agriculture

October 2, 2014

On September 30, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released more detailed organic agriculture data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture.  The basic Census information was published earlier this year.  The Census of Agriculture has been conducted since 1840 and currently is collected once every five years.  NSAC’s discussion of the first release, from May […]

Funding Now Available for Farmer Risk Management Education

September 18, 2014

On Monday, September 16, four regional Extension Risk Management Education Centers jointly issued this year’s Requests for Applications (RFA) for their competitive grants program that provides funding for farmer-based risk management education, outreach and training. The Risk Management Education program offers a funding opportunity for projects led by cooperative extension, non-profit and community-based organizations that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guest Post: Disaster Assistance Program Sign-up Begins

April 18, 2014

Editor’s Note: We want to thank James Robinson of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) for this guest post on disaster assistance programs that were restored in the 2014 Farm Bill.  RAFI  works to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms.  As RAFI’s Research and Policy Associate, […]

More 2015 Funding Hearings – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing Programs

April 4, 2014

This week, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee held hearings on the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 funding requests for three USDA mission areas – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which includes the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).  The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee also held […]

Senate Bill Would Limit Crop Insurance Premium Subsidies

April 3, 2014

Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced a bill (S. 2201) that would place a hard limit on crop insurance premium subsidies.  The bipartisan bill would limit payments to $70,000 per farm per year and is estimated to save over $1 billion over the next ten years. Crop insurance premium subsidies are […]

Organic Producers Can Insure Crops at Contract Price

February 4, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently issued a fact sheet explaining the organic Contract Price Addendum — a crop insurance option that allows organic producers to insure their crops at the contract price specified in a guaranteed contract. The Contract Price Addendum is available for 62 crops.  The list of qualifying […]

What is in the 2014 Farm Bill For Sustainable Farms and Food Systems?

January 31, 2014

At the start of this long and twisted farm bill reauthorization process, NSAC released an ambitious farm bill platform with the goal of expanding opportunities for family farmers to produce good food, sustain the environment, and contribute to vibrant communities.  Reflecting input from sustainable and organic farmers, rural and urban communities, and food entrepreneurs, the […]

Cover Crop Webinar Recording Now Available

January 24, 2014

The National Center for Appropriate Technology and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition held a webinar yesterday that addressed when and how to terminate cover crops and maintain eligibility for crop insurance coverage of subsequently planted cash crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed cover crop termination guidelines that were recently updated to address this […]

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