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Colorado Ranchers Thankful for USDA’s Emergency Haying and Grazing Program

Sustains Herds During Severe and Persistent Drought Livestock producers face tough business decisions on a daily basis. However, 2012 left many of the country’s livestock producers facing the ultimate decision – liquidate or figure out a way to survive. As … Continue reading

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USDA Grants Will Connect Local Farmers to School Cafeterias

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week the awarding of several grants that support efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers. More than $5 million in grants were awarded to 82 projects spanning 42 states and the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Enrollment Opens for Cotton Transition Assistance Program

Producers interested in enrolling in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) can do so starting Monday, Aug. 11. The program provides interim payments to cotton producers during the 2014 crop year until the Stacked Income Protection Plan — a new … Continue reading

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New Measures Announced to Enhance U.S.-Africa Trade

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined President Obama, members of Congress and other U.S. government officials this week to welcome African heads of state and government leaders for the first ever African Leaders Summit. During the summit, Vilsack announced four new … Continue reading

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Deadline Extended for Enrollment in Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish

The enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15. The new deadline gives producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony … Continue reading

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U.S. Cattle Industry Down 3 Percent

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recorded the lowest number of cattle on U.S. farms since 1973. In a report issued this week, only 95.0 million head of cattle were reported to be on U.S. farms as of July 1. This … Continue reading

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USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities to Accept Biomass Deliveries

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Farmers, ranchers or foresters who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a BCAP-qualified … Continue reading

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Funding Available for Organic Producers to Get Certified

With demand for organic products surging, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $13 million in funding to famers and rancher for organic certification cost-share assistance. This will help make organic certification more accessible for small producers. “We need to make … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Rural America: Farmers Show Strength in Tough Times

By Michael Scuse, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services For the past few weeks we’ve shared stories of how the farmers and ranchers across the country have been helped by disaster assistance programs restored by the 2014 Farm … Continue reading

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