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Perdue unsure if China will meet Phase One farm commitment

From agriculture.com China may fall short of annual agricultural product purchasing commitments made in its Phase 1 trade deal with the United States due to “non-agricultural trade issues,” U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Friday. Read the rest of the article. Read More »

Federal agencies sign management decision for Columbia River dams

From the Capital Press The Trump administration has signed off on a new operations plan for 14 dams in the Columbia River Basin that commits to improving fish passage and habitat, but does not call for breaching dams on the lower Snake River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead. On Sept. 28, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation ... Read More »

NAWG vice president appointed to FCIC board of directors

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is announcing that its Vice President, Nicole Berg, has been appointed to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors. “NAWG is excited to announce that FCIC has accepted its nomination of NAWG Vice President Nicole Berg to its Board,” said NAWG President and Cass City, Mich., wheat grower Dave Milligan. “Berg’s ... Read More »

All wheat now available for CFAP payments

All wheat is in! Last night, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments that extends eligibility to all classes of wheat. In the first round of CFAP only hard red spring and durum wheat qualified for payments. The $14 billion package will provide payments for commodities that saw at least ... Read More »

Sept. 30 deadline to update safety net program crop yields

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farm owners that they have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program yields for covered commodities on the farm. The deadline is Sept. 30, 2020, to update yields, which are used to calculate the PLC payments for 2020 through 2023. Additionally, producers who elected Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) should also consider ... Read More »

Ag, rural issues raised

Presidential candidates respond to questions from Farm Bureau From DTN Responding to questions from the American Farm Bureau Federation, President Donald Trump’s campaign points to the administration’s support for farmers and agriculture in regulations, trade and labor, while former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign counters a Biden presidency would repair some of the trade relations that have affected agriculture the ... Read More »

NAWG applauds House, Senate COVID-19 wheat letters to USDA

Last week, 26 U.S. representatives and 21 U.S. senators from wheat producing states issued letters to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking that he use existing funds through the CARES Act to begin covering 2020 crop losses and to include all classes of wheat. “NAWG is grateful for Congressman Frank Lucas’s (R-Okla.) leadership on this important effort to ... Read More »

Farm Service Agency call center can quickly set you on the right path

From USDA Farmers and ranchers can now contact a call center to receive one-on-one assistance from USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) employees ready to help. By calling 877-508-8364, customers can ask questions about FSA programs – including to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) – and get a jump start on program applications. The call center was created in response ... Read More »

US, China reaffirm commitment to Phase 1 trade deal in phone call

From Reuters Top U.S. and Chinese trade officials reaffirmed their commitment to a Phase 1 trade deal, which has seen China lagging on its obligations to buy American goods, giving a boost to financial markets on Tuesday. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

USDA tightens eligibility rules for farm subsidies

From agriculture.com Loopholes remain, but the USDA is tightening its crop subsidy rules by limiting who can collect a payment for managing a farm, historically one of its most porous definitions. The new regulation, to be published soon, requires people to perform at least 500 hours of management or at least 25 percent of the management work required annually to ... Read More »