Updates and news from Private Landowner Network
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.
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 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.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week
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.
Deadline Approaching for ELAP Sign-Up
Deadline to sign up for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish is August 1!
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.
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.
USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance
106,000 Payment Helping Farmers in 40 States Recover from Losses; Producers reminded sign-up deadline approaching for ELAP
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 Continues Farm Bill Implementation with Provisions to Help Farmers Manage Risk
Department Announces New Beginning Farmer Benefits, Other Changes to Crop Insurance that Provide Flexibility to Farmers
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.
Are you EQIP-ed for Conservation?
EQIP provides financial and technical assitance to landowner to implement conservation practices on their land. The deadlines to enroll are June 20, July 18, and August 15.
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.
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'
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
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.
Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf spill evidence
Halliburton Co pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges of destroying evidence, stemming from its role in the 2010 BP oil disaster that killed 11 men and sent more than 4 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
Rebel claimants in BP spill settlement get expedited hearing
A U.S. appeals court will hold an expedited hearing for a small group of claimants in a Gulf spill settlement with BP Plc, with oral arguments set for the week of November 4, the court said on Friday.
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.
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.
BP sues U.S. government over contract suspensions after oil spill
BP Plc is suing the U.S. government for barring the British oil giant from obtaining new federal contracts after the company pleaded guilty to charges related to the 2010 rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
Judge orders BP to pay $130 million fees to Gulf claims program
BP Plc must pay $130 million to a court-appointed administrator overseeing payments to thousands of people who claimed they were hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday, in a fresh legal setback for the oil company.