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USDA Announces Early Release of Commodity Tables for USDA’s Agricultural Projections to 2024

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released selected tables from its upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2024 report. USDA will post online tables containing long-term supply, use, and price projections to 2024 for major crops and livestock products, and will … Continue reading

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USDA Improves Forest Health by Harvesting Biomass for Energy

More than 200,000 tons of biomass have been removed from federal lands through the USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to use for renewable energy and help reduce the risk of forest fires. BCAP provides incentives for the removal of … Continue reading

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Greater Protection Now Offered for Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Growers

Greater protection is now available for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. New provisions under Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program will provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, … Continue reading

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Registration Now Open for 2015 Ag Outlook Forum

Registration for the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum, “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century,” is now open. Participants can register online to attend the forum that will feature 25 breakout sessions, five topical luncheons and more than 100 distinguished experts, discussing … Continue reading

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Application Deadline Extended for Dairy Margin Protection Program

The deadline for the Margin Protection Program for dairy has been extended to Dec. 19. The program protects participating dairy producers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below levels of … Continue reading

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FFA Members Harvest Turnips for a Cause at Illinois FSA

Athens High School freshman Skyla Jewell and her fellow FFA members braved near-freezing temperatures and 25-mph winds to harvest 1,415 pounds of turnips at the Illinois Farm Service Agency Land of Lincoln and Partners Community Garden. A total of 3,030 … 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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USDA Awards $9.7 Million in Outreach and Technical Assistance to Diversify Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $9.7 million in grants to 62 community-based and non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to conduct training, outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged (including tribal) and veteran farmers and ranchers. These awards are … Continue reading

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Commodity Credit Corporation Releases Lending Rates for December

The USDA Commodity Credit Corporation, which helps stabilize, support and protect farm income and prices, released interest rates for December 2014. The borrowing rate-based charge is 0.125, which is unchanged from November 2014, while the 1996 and subsequent crop year … Continue reading

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Agricultural Producers Begin Receiving Disaster Assistance from ELAP

Nearly 2,500 agricultural producers and beekeepers will begin receiving disaster assistance from the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). “For certain agricultural producers who raise bees, farm-raised fish and livestock, and who suffered weather or disease … Continue reading

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