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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 … Continue reading

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FSA Payments Resume Within One Week After Govt. Reopens

By FSA Administrator Juan Garcia Within a week after the government opened from a 16-day shutdown in October, Farm Service Agency employees were able to quickly issue payments to more than 1 million farmers and ranchers. Secretary Vilsack said that he was … Continue reading

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Producers Can Expect Payment Reductions Due to Sequester

Producers expecting a program payment from the Farm Service Agency will see a smaller dollar amount in their checks for fiscal year 2014. The automatic spending reductions, known as sequestration, will reduce payments for producers who participate in one of … Continue reading

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Latest Senate Bill Could Suspend Sequester

New legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would temporarily suspend the sequester through the end of the fiscal year. The automatic budget cuts have caused airport delays and threatened national security and the economy, according to Reid. The … Continue reading

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NASS to Provide Partial Milk Production Estimates

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will provide partial estimates of U.S. milk production through the end of fiscal year 2013. Milk production is one element of the monthly Milk Production report that NASS suspended last month to meet sequestration … Continue reading

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Year Three of Federal Pay Freeze a Done Deal

President Obama signed into law on Tuesday legislation that will extend the federal pay freeze for the third consecutive year. Federal employees as well as lawmakers will have their pay frozen through fiscal year 2013 as part of a continuing … Continue reading

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Congress Extends Pay Freeze, Averts Government Shutdown

Federal employees will face a pay freeze for the third consecutive year as Congress approved a measure on Thursday to avert a government shutdown. The $984 billion legislation will fund the government through fiscal year 2013, but will keep the … Continue reading

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USDA to Cut $152 Million from Direct Payment Programs

About $152 million will be cut from several FSA programs, affecting nearly 350,000 farmers. According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the cuts come from the direct-payment subsidy and affect producers participating in the Milk Income Loss Program (MILC), the Supplemental … Continue reading

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House Extends Pay Freeze to End of Fiscal Year; Supports Sequester

Members of the House of Representatives voted on a continuing resolution Wednesday that would keep federal salaries frozen through September and uphold the $982 billion sequester. Should the legislation pass, the government would avoid a shut down on March 27 … Continue reading

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Man-Made Risk Creates Uncertainty in Agriculture, Rural America

With record farm income, record exports and more young people moving into agriculture, the entire  field of agriculture is becoming cool again. So what risk do we need to manage? That’s the question Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asked during his … Continue reading

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