Linda Hennen, executive director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency in Minnesota, announced that the 2009 FSA county committee election ballots have been mailed to eligible voters.
The Obama administration intends to seek resolution to a lawsuit filed by American Indian farmers who alleged discrimination in the granting of federal agricultural loans over three decades. The lawsuit, filed in 1999, contends Indian farmers and ranchers lost about $500 million during the past three decades because of discrimination in lending from the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency.
The Non-Insured Assistance Program (NAP) is a program administered by the Farm Service Agency that provides for weather related loss protection for crops where conventional (Multi-Peril) crop insurance is not available.
In 1997, 91,458 adult cattle and calves were reported killed in spring blizzards and flooding. So far this spring, 91,000 cattle – 19,000 adult cattle and 72,000 calves - have died, according to an estimate by the USDA and the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Ranchers blame months of bad weather.
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