Federal

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 »

Record enrollment in key farm safety net programs

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture Producers signed a record 1.77 million contracts for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 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 ... Read More »

COVID-19 changes global wheat trade dynamics

By Claire Hutchins, USW Market Analyst It is no secret that these are uncertain times. As countries across the world work to contain and combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) is closely monitoring the effects of the outbreak on global wheat trade dynamics. Over the past several weeks, several major wheat exporters have implemented measures to ... Read More »

Some SE guidance–just not all good

By Paul Nieffer Farm CPA Today The SBA issued some additional Interim Final Rules earlier this week and most of it dealt with self-employed taxpayers.  We were hoping that gross receipts would qualify.  For an Uber driver it might if they only received a Form 1099 from Uber and have little or no expenses. For the typical SE farmer, it ... Read More »

WAWG submits comments on Columbia River System Operations draft EIS

Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) President Ryan Poe submitted the following comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to the Columbia River System Operations draft EIS on behalf of the organization. WAWG encourages all wheat farmers to submit their comments online as soon as possible as today is the last day comments will be accepted. On behalf ... Read More »

CARES Act information

Agricultural producers can now apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  The new PPP loan is designed to help pay employees, mortgage and rent payments, and utility bills.  This loan can be 100% forgivable, based upon maintaining employees and salary for eight weeks. Additional information can be found here. Related from Paul ... Read More »

Researchers, growers have ‘superweeds’ in their sight

From the Capital Press Besieged by lawsuits and a rising tide of weeds resistant to its popular Roundup herbicide, German chemical giant Bayer is touting a landmark discovery — a new molecule that will kill resistant weeds using a different mode of action. Read More »