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USDA Now Accepting Loan Requests

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting requests for marketing assistance loans (MALs) and loan deficiency payments (LDPs) for eligible 2014 commodities. Notice of the authorization was recently published in the Federal Register. MALs and LDPs for the 2014 crop year become available to eligible producers beginning with harvest/shearing season and extending through a ... Read More »

USDA Offers Assistance To Young Farmers

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through initiatives such as the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). “USDA is committed to the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers because they represent the future of ... Read More »

Farm Bill Choices

Producers in southwest Georgia have always been peanut farmers who grew cotton and corn, but the mainstay was and still is peanuts. When the 1985 Farm Bill became law, that enabled producers to build cotton base. In 1988, Georgia farmers also voted to approve the boll weevil eradication program and ushered in a new era in Georgia cotton. Slowly, the ... Read More »

Let’s Be Proactive

Five years ago, I was sitting on my tractor in the middle of a cotton field in Frog Jump, Tenn., when I received a phone call that changed my life. I remember it like it was yesterday. One of my trusted friends asked me to run for Congress, something that this seventh- generation farmer had never considered. Read More »

Cotton Board Completes Successful Annual Meeting

The Cotton Board recently conducted its March Annual Meeting in Santa Fe., N.M., where board members, in their respective committees, reviewed Cotton Incorporated’s proposed plans for 2015 and developed strategic recommendations. The meeting was well attended by both producer and importer board members who serve the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. The recommendations drafted by the Cotton Board will soon ... Read More »

New Initiative To Address Water Issues

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will make $6 million in grants available this year, and up to $30 million total over the next five years as part of a new initiative to provide solutions to agricultural water challenges. The grants will be used to develop management practices, technologies and tools ... Read More »

New Farm Law Fundamentals

The new farm bill repeals the direct and counter-cyclical programs and authorizes a new revenue insurance product that can be purchased in addition to a producer’s existing coverage. However, enactment of the new law came too late for USDA and the private sector to offer the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) until 2015. Then, it will be available for purchase on all acres planted to upland cotton. As with existing insurance products, STAX Read More »