In November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 10 Minnesota counties as primary disaster areas, making them eligible for emergency loans. USDA also has designated four South Dakota, 10 Iowa counties, four Nebraska counties and counties in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Montana disaster counties.
Biden aims to end U.S. hunger and reduce diet-related diseases in a majority of Americans by 2030 and has turned to the private sector to underwrite some of the spending after Congress failed to further extend school lunch aid.
Organic Valley will receive $25 million for its carbon insetting program and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative will get $50 million for its project aimed at expanding climate-smart markets and establishing dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities.
A $1 million appropriation came through funding for USDA ARS to enter into cooperative agreements with universities and outside organizations, including Grand Farm, that are focused on precision agriculture research.
South Dakota congressional members, in a South Dakota Farm Bureau Farm Bill forum at Dakotafest, a farm show at Mitchell, S.D., on Aug. 17, 2022, urge keeping the nutrition/production link in writing and improving a 2023 farm bill to replace a the current one that was written in 2018.