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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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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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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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USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

Dairy farmers now have more time to make a decision on the dairy Margin Protection Program. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that the deadline for the program has been extended until Dec. 5, 2014. “We want dairy producers … Continue reading

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Disaster Funding Brings Joy Just in Time for Christmas

Terry and Cheryl Hammerstrom lost 90 percent of their herd when winter storm Atlas hit South Dakota last October. “One of the first things that came to my mind after the blizzard, and I know it sounds kind of silly … Continue reading

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FSA Loans Provide Boost to Young Farmers

Young people in their 20s and 30s are farming and the USDA Farm Service Agency is getting them started. Andy Birch, 27, put his dreams of owning a dairy farm on hold due to low wholesale milk prices throughout the … Continue reading

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Only a Few Days Remain to Enroll in Cotton Transition Assistance Program

Producers interested in enrolling in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) have until Oct. 7 to do so. 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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USDA Implements New Farm Bill Provisions for Peanut Producers

A new peanut revenue policy will soon be available for eligible peanut producers. The policy is one of several new risk management options authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and will help extend revenue insurance coverage to help peanut producers … Continue reading

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Agriculture Census Provides Look Into Organic Farms, Producers

New data released from the 2012 Census of Agriculture shows that certified organic agriculture producers are younger, beginning farmers who sell directly to consumers and produce on-farm renewable energy.  Earlier this year, the Census reported that total organic product sales … Continue reading

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USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

Direct payments are a thing of the past. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced two farm safety net programs that offer farmers protection when the market causes substantial drops in crop prices and/or revenues. The Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and the … Continue reading

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