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SECURE rule paves way for biotechnology innovation

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) Sonny Perdue announced last month a final rule updating and modernizing the USDA’s biotechnology regulations under the Plant Protection Act. The Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient (SECURE) rule will bring USDA’s plant biotechnology regulations into the 21st century by removing duplicative and antiquated processes in order to facilitate ... Read More »

USDA sees record enrollment in farm safety-net programs

Producers signed a record 1.77 million contracts for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2019 crop year, which is more than 107 percent of the total contracts signed compared with a 5-year average. USDA also reminds producers that June 30 is the deadline to enroll in ARC and PLC ... Read More »

CRP enrollment process continues

Producers are reminded that if their general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) offer was accepted this spring, there are a number of forms to be completed and signed before the enrollment is complete and a contract is approved. If you are provided forms or other materials to complete and sign by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) or the Natural Resources Conservation ... Read More »

White wheat not eligible for latest round of COVID-19 aid

Today, growers in Eastern Washington learned many of them would not be eligible for the latest round of aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Soft red winter, hard red winter and white wheat have been deemed not eligible for the Coronovirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which sets aside $16 billion for direct payments to farmers and ranchers under ... Read More »

USDA launches 2020 Agricultural Resource Management Survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is collecting data from approximately 50,000 farmers and ranchers for its annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The survey looks at all aspects of U.S. agricultural production, the well-being of farm households, farm finances, chemical usage, and various farm production characteristics. The survey also collects detailed information on production practices, ... Read More »

USDA reports preview

From Progressive Farmer Armed with a planting survey from March, USDA is about to issue a new round of supply estimates that will be matched with coronavirus-damaged demand estimates for both old-crop and new-crop grains. USDA’s resulting price estimates are not expected to be good news for producers. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to ag businesses impacted by pandemic

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today applauded the announcement that agricultural producers, for the first time, are now eligible for the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. “America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers need the same help that other American businesses need during this unprecedented time,” said Secretary Perdue. “This significant new ... Read More »

Earth Day Celebrates 50 Years by Observing Climate Action

From the National Association of Wheat Growers This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. On April 22, 2020, we celebrated our planet by highlighting what we can do to protect it. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge of action on climate change has distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for ... Read More »

US takes final procedural steps for USMCA implementation

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress last week that Canada and Mexico have taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and that the agreement will enter into force on July 1, 2020.  Following that notification to Congress, the U.S. became the third country to notify the other parties that it had completed its ... Read More »

Federal, state agencies continue work, distantly

It’s not only farmers who need to get on with the business of growing their crops during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many state and federal agencies that farmers rely on are also still doing business, albeit from a distance. We reached out to some of those agencies to find out what’s going on. Farm Service Agency (FSA). Like most U.S. Department ... Read More »