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USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2015. The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to have the form on file in order to remain eligible, or to become eligible for crop insurance premium support. Read more...
Millions Still Available to Help Farmers Purchase Land
NATIONAL SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE COALITION, May 21, 2015 - With less than five months remaining in the current fiscal year, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) still has nearly one billion dollars available for farm loans to help family farmers across the country buy land.
Last year, Congress significantly increased the appropriation for FSA farm loans, including a big bump up in FSA Direct Farm Ownership (DFO) loans, which can be used to purchase farmland. Read more...
USDA Invests $6.5 Million to Help Conserve Water, Improve Water Quality in Ogallala Aquifer Region
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $6.5 million in the Ogallala Aquifer region this year to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water and improve water quality. Funding will be targeted to seven priority areas to support their primary water source and strengthen rural economies. Read more...
Study: Spring Heat More Damaging to Wheat than Fall Freeze
MANHATTAN, Kansas, May 13, 2015 - A team of researchers including a Kansas State University professor has released results of a study that measures the effects of climate change on wheat yields, findings that may have implications for future wheat breeding efforts worldwide. Read more...