Tag Archives: USDA

Schrier introduces USDA funding bill for research

House Agriculture Committee member Rep. Kim Schrier (D-Wash.) joined with two of her colleagues, Rep. Jimmy Pannetta (D-Calif.) and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill), to introduce a bill that would authorize an annual 5 percent funding increase at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In a press release, the group said the bill, The America Grows Act, restores the U.S. public’s ... Read More »

New farmers.gov feature helps produces find farm loans

From the Farm Service Agency A new online tool can help farmers and ranchers find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm loans that may best fit their operations. USDA has launched the new Farm Loan Discovery Tool as the newest feature on farmers.gov, the department’s self-service website for farmers. “Access to credit is critical in the agriculture industry, ... Read More »

New WSU USDA-ARS research facility on the horizon

From Washington State University Collaborating on plans for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility at Washington State University’s Pullman campus, Dean André-Denis Wright and program leaders in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) joined scientists from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) June 20 for a meeting and tour of their partnership’s cooperative research. Read ... Read More »

Upcoming FSA dates and deadlines to keep in mind

June 3, 2019 – Continuous CRP and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) sign up starts. July 1 – September 30, 2019 – Producers with expiring general CRP contracts can request authority to destroy the CRP cover if the land will be returned to production in 2020. July 15, 2019 – Deadline to report 2018 crop year production for NAP covered ... Read More »

USDA to reopen FSA offices for additional services during government shutdown

From USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Jan. 22 that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding.  Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since Jan. 17, and will continue to do so through ... Read More »

Shutdown may delay hire of USDA falling number researcher

From the Capital Press The partial federal government shutdown could delay the hiring of a USDA researcher to lead the investigation into starch problems in wheat, an industry representative says. Before the shutdown, the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Pullman, Wash., was on track to post the job announcement in January, said Mary Palmer Sullivan, vice president of the Washington ... Read More »

There’s still time to be counted in ag census

Northwest farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the first deadline has passed, NASS will continue to accept census information through the spring to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture that represents all farmers and ranchers. ... Read More »

WAWG calls for full funding of USDA and key farm bill programs

With the release of the Trump Administration’s FY2019 Budget proposal that calls for a $47 billion reduction to USDA risk management programs and key safety net provisions over 10 years, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and President Marci Green, a wheat grower from Fairfield, Wash., issued the following statement: “Risk management programs, including crop insurance and safety net ... Read More »