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August 27, 2015

  RMA Moves to Increase Beginning Farmer and Livestock Farmer Access to Whole Farm Revenue Protection Last week, USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) approved changes to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) that will increase access to the program for beginning farmers and livestock farmers. These changes will be effective starting...

August 20, 2015

Cover crops increase corn and soybean yields, reduce erosion and control weeds, say farmers responding to a recent  SARE - funded survey. On top of all that, the number one reason they plant cover crops is to improve the health of their soil. Given the many benefits of cover crops,...

August 11, 2015

Booker T. Washington.  George Washington Carver.  Educators par excellence.  Pioneers in food and agricultural scientific research. Dedicated their lives to helping “lift the veil of ignorance” by bringing knowledge to African-Americans and others with limited resources. For 125 years, since passage of the Second Morrill Act on Aug. 30, 1890,...

August 5, 2015

Demand for fresh lamb from ­five star restaurants drives Bob Corio’s use of cover crops and better forages that provide feed but also build organic matter in the ­fields he farms in Union County, South Dakota. “We needed something else for our sheep to eat other than hay,” says Corio,...

July 28, 2015

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, there are over five million head of sheep and lambs in the United States, and over 2.6 million head of goats. A growing trend is producing these animals using grass fed production systems, especially for small to mid-sized producers.   In response to...

July 20, 2015

Since 2009, USDA has invested in 29,100 local food opportunities, including food hubs, small scale processing and farmers markets across all 50 states and the US territories. These investments include over 12,000 loans and micro-loans to small-scale producers who often sell products locally and over 13,000 high tunnels (low-cost covered...

July 10, 2015

Cross-posted from the White House Rural Council blog: At USDA, we understand the enormous market potential of local food. Industry estimates suggest that local food sales in America have nearly doubled in recent years, jumping from $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014. We’ve invested more than $800...

July 1, 2015

Blog article reprinted with permission from Craig A. Morris, Agricultural Marketing Service Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program Deputy Administrator. 100 Years of USDA Market News: the trusted source – then, now and always. Follow us on Twitter @USDA_AMS or read our stories on the USDA blog.   Farmers markets are...

June 10, 2015

An industry that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase forest growth, and create jobs sounds too good to be true.  But that is the reality of the emerging wood pellets market in the Southern U.S.  That conclusion is supported by independent economic assessments of wood bioenergy, including a recent study...

May 13, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is making $30 million available to farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. Funding will be made available through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. "Farmers and ranchers are creative people who, with a little help, can put that creativity to work...

March 17, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $96.8 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to support specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs, and farm to school efforts, which in turn will increase access to healthy, nutritious food for American families and children. The announcement is part of...

February 19, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $9 million in funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems. NIFA is funding the grants through the Community Food Projects program (CFP), authorized by the Agricultural...

February 5, 2015

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $18 million in grants to educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. The grants are available through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which was...

January 26, 2015

The Land Connection will host two separate upcoming workshops located at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Champaign, Illinois. The Land Connection is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the farmland, training sustainable and organic farmers, and promoting a vibrant local food system. Farm Labor Management for Specialty Crop Growers...

January 14, 2015

A packed hall at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show got a tutorial on two systems designed to help farmers make the right farm bill choices in the coming years. The workshop, Farm Bill Decision Tools: What Farmers Need to Know, was co-hosted by...

December 23, 2014

The Agricultural Act of 2014 is important legislation that provides authorization for services and programs that impact every American and millions of people around the world. The new Farm Bill enables USDA to further expand markets for agricultural products at home and abroad, strengthen conservation efforts, create new opportunities for...

December 15, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such...

December 2, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $5 million in grants for 82 projects spanning 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands that support the USDA efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program. The program helps schools purchase more...

November 17, 2014

USDA is investing $4.9 million in 50 projects across the country to support small and emerging rural businesses and rural transportation projects. The investments announced through USDA's Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program, promote the development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas. RBEGs may also be used to...

October 27, 2014

Looking to start a local food business or processing facility? How about a school garden? As local food systems continue to develop, community leaders need access to capital to start or sustain their efforts. The good news is, there are funding options available from both federal and nonā€federal sources –...

October 14, 2014

USDA is improving farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplifying the lending processes; updating required "farming experience" to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business...

September 2, 2014

Originally Posted By Abby Yigzaw on August 25th, 2014 Soon, citrus producing states across America, including Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana and Texas, will be full of fresh citrus. But gone are the days of sharing the fruit trees or seeds with friends and family out of state or even in the...

August 13, 2014

News Release Written by the American Farm Bureau Federation My American Farm will reach nearly half a million people this summer and fall through featured events at state fairs in Indiana, South Carolina and Wisconsin. At each venue, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture worked closely with state fair...

August 6, 2014

Written by Charles W. Parrot, Deputy Administrator, AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program. Originally posted on August 5, 2014. America’s hunger for locally and regionally grown food has become a $7 billion-per-year market.  That means more consumers are savoring farm-fresh food, and more farmers—especially small and mid-size farmers—are profiting from new...

July 11, 2014

Written by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Originally posted on June 27, 2014. Agriculture is one of the brightest spots in our economy, and the American brand of agriculture is surging in popularity worldwide. Trade and market access support good-paying jobs and drives economic growth. A strong rural economy is critical...

 

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