Updates and news from Private Landowner Network
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.
What To Do With All of the Poo?
Algae blooms, salmonella and E. Coli, groundwater contamination, and bad smells are just a few of the problems animal manure can cause. In small doses, it’s the stuff of life—the fertilizer plants need to grow. Mishandled, it’s an environmental disaster in waiting. Each year, farm animals in the United States produce over 335 million tons of manure. That’s roughly the weight of 1000 Empire State Buildings.
Dirty Underwear Shows How to Keep Pasture Healthy
There’s nothing like a pair of dirty drawers to drive home a point about soil health.
Farms Across U.S. Win Funds for New Products
Titan Farms, the largest peach operation on the East Coast, throws away 14 million pounds of fruit a year. Most of the peaches are edible, just not as perfect as fresh-market consumers demand. That waste equates to 275 tractor-trailer loads of peaches that go into the trash.
Congressional wildfire bill would adjust state wildland fire funding
International Paper Partners with NFWF for Eco Conservation
Through the Forestland Stewards Initiative, NWFW and International Paper will fund 12 forestry projects across the US.
Ask FSA Andy about conservation plans: wetland and highly errodible lands
FSA Andy answers your questions about highly errodible land and wetlands.
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
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.
Delta plantation succeeds with conservation efforts
Guy Ray, president of Pleasant Lake Plantation, has implemented numerous conservation land management practices to make the Leflore County, Mississippi, plantation a model of sustainability and functionality.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
Mississippi pollinator protection project first on commercial farmland
In a joint project, Syngenta and Delta F.A.R.M. (Farmers Advocating Resource Management) have committed to establishing at least five "Operation Pollinator" plots this year throughout northwest Mississippi, with plans to increase the program to more fields and farms each year through 2016. The Mississippi sites will be the first commercial farmland in the nation to host the plots.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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'
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
NFWF Announces More Than $100 Million for Restoration Projects on the Gulf Coast
Funds derived from settlement of DOJ criminal charges against BP and Transocean
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.
New Campaign Calls for Restoration Projects that Benefit Environment and Economy
October 30, 2013 -- The Walton Family Foundation announced a Gulf-wide effort to spotlight business support for restoration projects that will benefit both the economy and the environment.
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.
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.
At trial, BP denies dithering during response to U.S. Gulf spill
Dithering and indecision at BP Plc delayed the capping of its Macondo well and worsened the extent of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to allegations by plaintiffs' lawyers at trial on Tuesday that the British company denied.
QUWF Steps Up Support of Wild Quail Restoration
PORTLAND, OR -- The Buffalo, Missouri-based Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation (QUWF) stepped up support of national efforts to restore wild bobwhite quail populations recently, signing a formal agreement in support of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) during the annual meeting of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.
Deep sea recovery from U.S. Gulf spill could take decades: study
The muddy deep-sea ecosystem around the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could take decades to recover from the effects of the disaster, researchers reported on Tuesday.