Updates and news from Private Landowner Network
Skyrocketing Fire Costs
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
Prominent Independent Crop Consultant on Precision Agriculture
It isn't a question of why would you use precision agriculture (PA) on your farm? It's a matter of why wouldn't you use PA? As Craig Koehn, Crop Quest Agronomist from Montezuma, KS sees it, utilizing precision tools can potentially save time and money on most farms.
USDA Announces $25 Million for Agricultural Entrepreneurs to Turn Commodities into Value-Added Products
Funding Supports Local and Regional Food Systems, Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
California GOP senators float slimmer water bond
New measure seen as response to Governor's call for fiscal responsibility
Funding Available for Research to Benefit Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
The USDA announced funding for the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center.
Zoetis: Make Your Veterinarian a Part of Your Team
Establish a VCPR with your veterinarian to prevent violative milk or meat residues.
USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity and Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Areas
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Announces Funding for Research to Benefit Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
USDA Announces Selection of Advisory Committee Members to Help Guide Management of Public Forests and Grasslands
21 new members have been selected for the FACA.
Access to water proves key factor in farmland value
With drought adding new constraints on the state's water supplies and farmers and ranchers increasingly turning to groundwater to sustain food production, lawmakers now are contemplating bills requiring changes to how groundwater basins are managed. If adopted, opponents said, the bills have the potential to undermine food production, reduce agricultural land values and hamper the overall economy.
Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment
Farmers can enroll in the CTAP from Aug 11 - Oct 7.
USDA Partners with States, Tribes to Improve Public Access on Private Lands
USDA announces $20 million in grants to protect wildlife, enhance outdoor recreation and create rural business opportunities
Study: Strawberry Monitoring System Could Add $1.7M over 10 Years to Some Farms
A new UF/IFAS study shows growers can use the Strawberry Advisory System, a web-based tool that Peres helped design, to save up to $1.7 million over 10 years in fungicide use. Instead of spraying weekly, growers can use the system to tell them more optimal time to spray their strawberries.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Provides Six-Month Update on Farm Bill Implementation Progress
USDA continues progress on every title of the Farm Bill: Disaster Relief, Risk Management Tools, Innovative Conservation Partnerships, Research Foundation All Moving Forward.
USDA Announces Inclusion of Wood Products and Other Materials in BioPreferred Program
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Global Open Data Partners and Measures to Enhance U.S.–Africa Trade at Africa Leaders Summit
U.S. Forest Service Will Award $14 Million for Working Forests
‘Settling the waters’ may be one of tools for addressing water conservation, runoff issues in Delta
The Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force and NRCS are working to determine if PAM can help improve crop yields.
USDA Sending Acreage History, Yield Reports to Help Producers Prepare for New Farm Bill Programs
New Data Reflects the Continued Demand for Farmers Markets
The Agricultural Marketing Service has announced that the USDA's National Farmers Market Directory has increased its listings by 76 percent, reflecting the continued demand and growth of farmers markets in every region of the country.
Pilot farm project tackles conservation
Agren is teaming up with United Suppliers to help farmers better manage nutrients through soil conservation services. The new marketing effort is called Sustain.
New USDA Conservation Partnership Program Receives Nearly 600 Initial Proposals
Secretary Vilsack: Overwhelming Interest Illustrates Eagerness Across the Country to Partner, Invest in Cleaner Land and Water
General Mills Issues Statement on Climate Change, Agriculture's Role
As weather volatility increases, General Mills recognizes the need to mitigate the climate change risks presented to humanity, our environment and our livelihoods. The urgency is clear: science-based evidence points to changes in climate that could permanently alter the atmosphere if action isn't taken in the near term.
USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for August 2014
The rate-based charge is unchanged from July
USDA Announces Additional Food Safety Requirements, New Inspection System for Poultry Products
Revised modernization effort includes new preventative measures, re-focused inspection activities that will prevent thousands of illnesses annually and improved coordination on worker safety
Save fuel and water with soil health management plan
When it comes to reducing runoff and improving water infiltration, nothing beats no-till.
US timberland prices gain, despite lumber slowdown
USDA Announces Grants to Community Partners to Create Jobs and Strengthen Small Rural Businesses
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
USDA Announces Grants to Help Veterans and Minority Farmers Get Started in Agriculture
Partnerships Continue USDA Efforts Supporting New Farmers and Build Greater Diversity in American Agriculture
USDA Implements Key Farm Bill Crop Insurance Provision
2014 Farm Bill Measure Strengthens and Expands Insurance Coverage Options for Farm Operations
Playing Politics with $10 Billion in Rural Programs
Not So Easy Money: The Pros and Cons of Leasing Farm Land to Hunters
Vilsack Announces Conservation Details During Oregon Trip
Authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is expected to provide $1.2 billion in funding over the next five years.
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.
FSA Microloan Program
The low-interest FSA Microloan can help new and smaller producers.
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.
Farmers Need to Plan for Changes in New Farm Bill
Although signup is months away, agricultural landowners and producers need to begin planning for decisions they will have to make because of the new farm bill, according to LSU AgCenter economist Mike Salassi.
Farmers markets try to weather the drought
Farmers claim that due to drought, they are not able to sell their usual array of products this year at farmers markets.
Watershed Rehabilitation Funding to Repair Dams in 26 States
Natural Resources Chief Joins House Ag Chairman to Highlight Projects that will Protect Lives, Provide Jobs
Disaster Assistance for 2012 Frost or Freeze Fruit Crop Losses Announced
Enrollment begins July 22
Historic Farm Bill Funding Available to Organic Producers and Handlers
Funds to assist with Organic Certification Costs
How To Grow Your Own Meadow
Tired of your boring old lawn? Need a little pollination in your life? Why not try planting your own wildflower meadow, if not for yourself, then at least for the birds and the bees
Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production
Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Projects in 10 States
Field to Market Launches New Agricultural Supply Chain Program
Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, announces the launch of a new agricultural supply chain program for U.S. commodity crops.
New USDA grants to help specialty crop industry
USDA says the economic, environmental and social sustainability of specialty crop industries and the improved economies of the communities that depend on these industries are the ultimate beneficiaries of the NCPN program.
USDA designates Yuma County as natural disaster area
Due to persistent drought, Yuma County in Arizona has been declared a natural disaster area.
Film shows human cost of irrigation cuts to agriculture
An independent film by Juan Carlos Oseguera shows human cost of irrigation cuts to agriculture.
Initial farm bill decision aid now online for farmers
While the FSA's interpretation of the farm bill is still likely months from being finalized, the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University has released the preliminary version of its farm bill decision aid tool for farmers.
CA Farmers See Threats Growing
Farmland conversions pose long-term worries.
Secretary Jewell Announces $43 Million to States for Parks, Outdoor Recreation through Land Water Conservation Fund
Jewelled announced that $43.38 million in state conservation funding is now available from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Santa Barbara County gets its first-ever conservation bank
Located between Lompoc and Los Alamos, the newly established La Purisima Conservation Bank will serve as a conservation tool for local developers legally required to mitigate their projects. The 853-acre property includes 15 ponds—prime breeding habitat for the threatened California tiger salamander.
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.
Emergency water conservation regulations for timber harvesters enacted
The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection adopted emergency regulations, effective June 19, to conserve water.
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 to Invest in Red River Basin Conservation Effort
Conservation Initiative to Minimize Flooding, Improve Water and Soil Quality, Help Waterfowl, Strengthen Agriculture and Outdoor Recreation Economies
United States and Korea Streamline Organic Trade
The US and Korea have entered an arrangement where organic processed products certified in either country can now be labeled as organic in the other.
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.
USDA Announces New Support for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
Department Implementing New Farm Bill Programs, Unveiling New Centralized Online Resource to Support Next Generation of Farmers
USDA Announces Landmark Commitment to Improve Sage-Grouse Habitat
Nevada-California Ranchers to Benefit
USDA Announces New Farm Bill Funds Available for Research to Fight Citrus Greening
$31.5 Million Being Allocated to Test Various Ways to Combat Disease Threatening U.S. Citrus Industry
Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15
Nominations for local FSA county committees begins June 15 and ends Dec 1.
USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers
Programs that Allow Producers to Protect Land and Help New, Minority and Veteran Farmers Get their Start in Agriculture
NRCS Partnership Program Ushers in New Era of Conservation
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, will streamline regional programs and award funds to conservation projects designed by local partners specifically for their region.
USDA Announces Support for Renewable Biomass Energy
Biomass Producers and Energy Facilities Soon Can Apply for Qualification in Renewed Biomass Crop Assistance Program
Yearly Survey Shows Better Results for Pollinators, but Losses Remain Significant
USDA Announces Fall Summit on Bee Nutrition and Forage; Launches "Bee Watch" Website to Broadcast Bee Activity and Increase Public Awareness of the Role of Pollinators in Crop Production
Cost of Fighting Wildfires in 2014 Projected to be Hundreds of Millions of Dollars over Amount Available
The US Forest Service estimates that it will be short about $470 million to fight wildfires this year.
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
Obama Administration Outlines New Strategy to Better Protect Communities, Businesses and Public and Private Lands from the Threat of Wildland Fire Ahead of 2014 Fire Season
The National Cohesive Wildlife Fire Management Strategy, developed by federal, state, tribal, and local community partners and public stakeholders, outlines new approaches to coordinate and integrate efforts to restore and maintain healthy landscapes, prepare communities for fire season, and better address the nation's wildland fire threats.
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.
USDA Announces the Extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract Program for 2014
The MILC program has been extended- protecting diary farmers enrolled in the program against income loss through Sept. 1 2014.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Increased Opportunity for Producers as part of New Farm Bill
Farm Loan Program Modifications Create Flexibility for New and Existing Farmers and Ranchers Alike
Agribusiness Friendliness Index
The Agribusiness Friendliness Index represents an attempt to quantify the various factors that influence the business climate for agribusinesses in each state.
Net Farm Income Forecast To Fall in 2014
The ERS report forecasts a decline in net farm income in 2014.
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.
Comparison of 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills
The Natural Resources Conservation Service has produced an easy to navigate, side-by-side comparision of 2008 and 2014 Farm Bill Programs.
USDA Announces New Grants to Help Communities Meet Water Challenges in Coming Years
$6 Million in Fiscal Year 2014, Up to $30 Million Over Next Five Years Available
USDA Announces 2014 Upland Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Rate
Commodity Credit Corporation Executive Vice President Juan M. Garcia today announced the marketing assistance loan rate for 2014-crop base quality upland cotton.
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.
USDA Accepts Grant Applications for Conservation Innovation Efforts
Grant Program Links Public, Private Groups to Improve the Environment and Preserve Resources
Experts: 'Something Bigger is Going on' with Wildfires
Science is connecting hotter, bigger fires and a longer, more intense fire season with changes in the climate.
Feds Unveil 50-Year Plan for Wetlands Restoration
A 50-year plan for the restoration of San Francisco Bay and other coastal wetlands was released Thursday by federal wildlife officials who say it's the biggest effort to save tidal marshes outside the Florida Everglades.
Experts discuss ways to boost honeybee forage
At a first-of-its-kind meeting in Sacramento, beekeepers, farmers and representatives of public and private organizations gathered to discuss how to improve honeybee populations by allowing beekeepers access to more sources of bee forage.
What Good is Dead Wood?
When you hear a barred owl calling “who cooks for you?” in your woods, chances are it’s calling from a nest cavity in the limb of a dying tree.
No time to back down on pollination BMPs
Almonds are referenced in virtually every news report about bees.
Bill to regulate fracking passes California state Assembly
A hotly contested bill that would impose California's first regulations on fracking and other oil production practices passed the state Assembly on Wednesday, despite opposition from environmentalists and oil companies.
Backyard Conservation: Bringing conservation from the countryside to your backyard
Just as they do on the farm, conservation practices on nonagricultural land can help increase food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, control soil erosion, reduce sediment in waterways, conserve water and improve water quality, inspire a stewardship ethic, and beautify the landscape.
NBTC Petitions FSA for Addition to CP33 Eligibility
Farm bill and sequestration impacting conservation programs
Farm and nutrition programs are often at the forefront of debate over a new farm bill. But conservation programs are also a vital part of the farm bill mix.
Federal court upholds California oyster farm closure
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision by former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar not to renew the lease of a popular oyster farm operating in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.
Texas Quail Group Supports NBCI Ag Policy Efforts with $75,000 Grant
The Dallas-based, non-profit Park Cities Quail (PCQ) organization has awarded the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) $75,000 to support its efforts to educate federal agriculture policymakers in the nation’s capital regarding farm policy impacts on bobwhite quail and other wildlife species.