Updates and news from Private Landowner Network
USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers
The recent Census of Agriculture shows that there is tremendous growth potential for small and mid-sized producers in the American agricultural landscape. The USDA is taking a hard look at existing resources to ensure that they work for producers of all sizes, adjusting policies, strengthening programs and intensifing outreach to meet the needs of small and mid-sized producers.
USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide
Funding includes loan guarantees and grants for solar energy to create jobs, promote energy independence and advance the use of renewable fuels.
Enrollment for New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program to Begin Sept. 2
USDA Launches New Web Tool to Help Producers Manage Unforeseen Economic Challenges
USDA provides $328 million for agricultural and wetland easements
Farmers Given an Early Termination Option for CRP Contracts
Early termination of CRP contracts will be allowed until Jan 30th, so long as certain criteria are met.
USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy
Farm Bill program will benefit wildfire and outdoor recreation activity in California Bay Delta Region, Mississippi, Red River Basins and others.
New Report Shows Budget Impact of Rising Firefighting Costs
Other Forest Programs, Including Efforts to Help Prevent and Mitigate Fire Damage Have Shrunk; Secretary Vilsack Renews Call to Better Protect Public Forests from Wildfire Threats
Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges
For the First Time, USDA Climate Hubs Get New Tools to Gauge Progress in Building Drought-Resistant Healthy Soil
Not So Easy Money: The Pros and Cons of Leasing Farm Land to Hunters
White House to Begin $10 Billion Farm Investment Fund
Wall Street is looking for ways to invest in America’s heartland, and the government is ready to play matchmaker.
Do you have your AD-1026 certification form on hand?
For farmers to be eligible for premium support on their federal crop insurance, a completed and signed AD-1026 form must be on file with the FSA.
USDA conservation program helps ranchers preserve farm and wetlands
The new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides finanical and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to protect farmland and wetlands.
Delta farmers meet initial goal for voluntary metering of irrigation wells
As the June 30 deadline passed, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced that the 5 percent goal for voluntary metering of irrigation wells supported by the Delta Sustainable Water Resource Task Force had been officially met.
USDA Makes $5 Million in Farm Bill Support for National Clean Plant Network Available
Farm Bill funds supports 19 projects under the National Clean Plant Network.
USDA Announces Loan Rates for 2014-Crop Peanuts
The CCC announced 2014 crop loan rates for select peanuts.
Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15
Nominations for local FSA county committees begins June 15 and ends Dec 1.
Secretary Jewell Releases Landscape-Scale Mitigation Strategy to Encourage Dual Objectives of Smart Development and Conservation
Strategy seeks to provide clarity and consistency to more effectively avoid, minimize and compensate for impacts on public lands.
USDA Announces 2014 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials
Estimated ACRE Payments for 2013
This article by Gary Schnitkey from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois predicts ACRE payments for the 2013 crop year.
State Wildlife Directors Approve NBCI Implementation Plan for State-Level Bobwhite Restoration
‘Most ambitious collaboration in bobwhite conservation history’ provides specific guidance for states to show sustainable success in 5-10 years'
The USDA Released Agricultural Projections to 2022
The USDA has provided longrun projections for the farm sector for the next 10 years.
Leading Environmental Restoration and Mitigation Banking Firm Expands Into Conservation Banking: Lesser Prairie Chicken to Benefit
The partnership between Restoration Systems LLC and Common Ground Capital will provide the capital and strategic resources needed to enable CGC to complete execution of landscape-scale species conservation banks. These banks will compensate for the destruction of the Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.
NBCI's 2013 Almanac Examines Bobwhite Restoration Advancements
While the wild bobwhite quail population continues to struggle, the momentum to restore their populations range wide continues to grow with several important pieces falling into place over the last year, according to Don McKenzie, director of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI).
SEAFWA Endorses Full Funding for NBCI by States
The Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) has voted unanimously to endorse member states’ fully funding the core operations of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) for an initial three-year period.