Producers Suffering Fruit Losses Have Less Than a Week to Enroll for Assistance

Producers who did not have access to crop insurance yet suffered losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year have until Sept. 22 to enroll in the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. The program provides supplemental payment to producers who were affected by weather damage or other adverse natural occurrences. Enrollment in the program opened July 22 and continues through Sept. 22. Producer must contact their local FSA county office to find if they are eligible to apply.Learn more or locate your FSA county office.

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Corn Production and Yield to be Highest on Record

A USDA Crop Production report released this week forecasts corn production at 14.4 billion bushels, up 3 percent from the August forecast. September yields are expected to average 171.7 bushels per acre, up 4.3 bushes from August. If realized, this will be the highest yield and production on record for the United States. Soybeanproduction is forecast at a record 3.91 billion bushels, up 3 percent from August and up 19 percent from last year. Based on September 1 conditions, yields are expected to average a record high 46.6 bushels per acre, up 1.2 bushels from last month and up 3.3 bushels from last year. Read the entire crop production report.

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USDA Appoints FSA Officials to Native American Farming Council

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed two Farm Service Agency officials to the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching. Val Dolcini, FSA administrator and Chris Beyerhelm, director of Farm Loan Programs, will join 13 other appointees to the council that provides recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on changes to FSA regulations and other measures that would eliminate barriers to program participation for Native American farmers and ranchers. Read more.

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Reminder: Livestock Producers Should Sign Up for Disaster Assistance Programs by Oct. 1

Producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses must secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014. After that date, anyone seeking assistance will suffer a 7.3 percent reduction in the amount of disaster relief they can receive. The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires USDA to implement reductions of 7.3 percent to the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) in the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2014; however, producers seeking LFP support who have scheduled appointments with their local FSA office before Oct. 1, even if the appointment occurs after Oct.1, will not see reductions in the amount of disaster relief they receive. USDA is encouraging producers to register or request an appointment or begin a Livestock Forage Disaster Program application with their county FSA office before Oct. 1, 2014, to lock in the current zero percent sequestration rate. Read more.

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Google Hangout Highlights What the New Farm Bill Means to Farmers

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Livestock Producers Reminded to Sign Up for Disaster Assistance Programs by Oct. 1

Producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses must secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014. After that date, anyone seeking assistance will suffer a 7.3 percent reduction in the amount of disaster relief they can receive. The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires USDA to implement reductions of 7.3 percent to the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) in the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2014; however, producers seeking LFP support who have scheduled appointments with their local FSA office before Oct. 1, even if the appointment occurs after Oct.1, will not see reductions in the amount of disaster relief they receive. USDA is encouraging producers to register or request an appointment or begin a Livestock Forage Disaster Program application with their county FSA office before Oct. 1, 2014, to lock in the current zero percent sequestration rate. Read more.

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Agriculture Data Released for American Indian Reservations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2012 Census of Agriculture American Indian Reservations report that collects reservation-level data and covers 76 American Indian reservations in 16 states. The report contains a variety of statistics including the number and size of farms, farm tenure and organization type, market value of farm products sold, major crop and livestock items and farm economic characteristics and expenses. Read the 2012 Census report.

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Join USDA for a PrepareAthon Twitter Chat

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (@USDA) will hold a Twitter chat on Monday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. ET to discuss ways individuals and communities can prepare for emergency situations. This month is National Preparedness Month and USDA is participating in PrepareAthon by listening to Twitter followers and sharing helpful tips to educate the local community on the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Join the chat using #NatlPrep.

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Commodity Credit Corporation Releases Lending Rates for August

The USDA Commodity Credit Corporation, which helps stabilize, support and protect farm income and prices, released interest rates for September 2014. The borrowing rate-based charge is 0.125, which is unchanged from August 2014, while the 1996 and subsequent crop year commodity and marketing assistance loans dispersed during September is 1.125, unchanged from last month. Interest rates for Farm Storage Facility Loans and discount rates for the Tobacco Transition Payment Program also are available. Read more.

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Citrus Trees: Move It AND Lose It

Soon, citrus producing states across America, including Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana and Texas, will be full of fresh citrus. But gone are the days of sharing the fruit trees or seeds with friends and family out of state or even in the next county. It’s no longer as simple as packing it up and shipping it, or buying a citrus tree at a road side stand to bring home. You’ve heard the saying “move it or lose it?” When it comes to citrus trees, it’s “Move It AND Lose It.” When it comes to citrus trees, you risk losing America’s citrus altogether. Read more (USDA blog).

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