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Planting a crop in a wet spring is difficult. Harvesting a crop in a wet fall is difficult. Marketing a crop is always difficult. Figuring out the farm bill -- well, that's really difficult.
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Dwight Aakre has analyzed many federal farm bills in his career. But even the veteran North Dakota State University Extension Service farm management specialist isn’t sure which of the two safety-net options created by the 2014 farm bill is the better choice for area farmers.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Farm Service Agency have announced beginning and closing dates for landowners and farmers to adjust yields and reallocate base acres, and make a selection between the new Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today unveiled new online programs intended to help farmers choose between ARC and PLC.
The 2014 farm bill requires producers to pick either Agricultural Risk Coverage, which protects against falling revenue, or Price Loss Coverage, which provides payments when crop prices fall below levels set in the farm bill.
The need to make a choice between Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage has the effect of forcing farmers to think what crop prices could look like in the next five years. That is the period during which farmers will be locked into either PLC or ARC by the one-time selection they will have to make this fall.
Daryll E. Ray and Harwood Schaffer
September 02, 2014
Michael Scuse, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, appeared in Bismarck, N.D., Aug. 25 to discuss farm bill programs and implementation with the ag industry and North Dakota legislators.
Sen. John Hoeven has invited Michael Scuse, Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to discuss the bill’s implementation at Bismarck State College.
With a new farm bill signed into law, farmers are now faced with big decisions that could affect their farms far into the future.
To help farmers in South Dakota learn about the new five-year farm bill, which sets policies for hundreds of programs ranging from farm subsidies to nutrition, the South Dakota Farmers Union and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency held an educational meeting Aug. 13 at the Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma.
Ever since he was a child, Adam Leiphon wanted to one day work the land his family has farmed since 1934. Now 31, he has been preparing to take over the 2,500-acre family farm, working alongside his father and uncle since 2009 to learn the ropes of the trade.
Though members of Congress often have every intention of enacting a new farm bill well before farmers have to make planting decisions, so farmers can take the new policies into consideration in their planning process, very often planting is under way before the legislation is completed and signed into law by the President. This farm bill year is no different.
Daryll E. Ray and Harwood Schaffer
May 19, 2014
Everything from the “actively engaged rule” and conservation compliance to the Brazil cotton case and the new position of agriculture undersecretary for trade came up when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee May 7 on the implementation of the 2014 farm bill.
The Republican senator from North Dakota has asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to come to the Peace Garden State.
Sen. John Hoeven and Vilsack met Wednesday, when Hoeven asked the secretary to gather input from farmers and ranchers on the implementation of a new farm bill and other agricultural issues important to North Dakota producers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture isn’t likely to announce the fine points of the farm bill commodity title any time soon, two key congressional staffers said.
Because the payment options are decoupled from planting decisions, the programs farmers choose won’t have bearing for 2014 planting. Bart Fischer, chief economist for the Republican-led U.S. House Agriculture Committee, and Matt Schertz, senior professional staff member, spoke to about 150 people in a two-hour “farm bill implementation seminar” in Fargo, N.D., on May 2.
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