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Net Farm Income Forecast to Fall in 2014

The net farm income is forecast to be $95.8 billion in 2014, according to an updated report released this week by the USDA Economic Research Service. That’s down 26.6 percent from 2013’s forecast of $130.5 billion. If realized, it would … Continue reading

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From an Idaho Youth Loan to National Youth Leader

By Candy Moore, Idaho Public Affairs/Outreach Coordinator Shane Kerner applied for her first USDA Farm Service Agency Rural Youth Loan at age 14. Now, at age 20, she not only reached adulthood, but financial independence to grow what was once … Continue reading

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Number of Women Farm Operators Triple Over Past 30 Years

The number of women operating farms has nearly tripled over the past three decades, growing from 5 percent in 1978 to 14 percent in 2007, according to a report by the USDA Economic Research Service. By using data from the … Continue reading

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Children Raised on Farms Develop Better Immune Systems

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Garcia Promotes FSA Outreach Efforts, Access to Programs at Small Farm Conference

By Murray Dale Watts, FSA Regional Public Affairs Specialist USDA Farm Service Administrator Juan M. Garcia addressed the 6th National Small Farm Conference in Memphis, Tenn., this week focusing on USDA’s outreach efforts and providing support and resources to help … Continue reading

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Reminder: Comments Sought on Microloan Proposal

Comments are being sought on a proposal to improve the Farm Service Agency operating loan program to better meet the needs of small farmers. The new microloan program would simplify and streamline the application process and cut the paperwork in … Continue reading

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