Tag: Farm Bill

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Farmers watching Farm Bill progress intently

The nation’s top farm legislation is up for renewal this year. But delays in producing the first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, in addition to four years of declining crop prices, have many farmers concerned.


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New Study: Research calls for enhancing long-term benefits of Farm Bill programs

Many farmers, ranchers, and landowners rely on voluntary conservation incentive programs within the Farm Bill.


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USDA reminds farmers to certify conservation compliance by June 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, AD-1026.


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USDA extends deadline to update base acres, yield history for ARC/PLC programs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).


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Farm Bill deadlines approaching for Virginia farmers

The clock is ticking for many Virginia grain and row crop farmers to decide whether to update their records at their local U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office.


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Country-of-origin labeling caught up in trade dispute

Country-of-origin-labeling was approved in 2009 as part of the 2008 Farm Bill, but Canada and Mexico immediately filed suit in the World Trade Organization.


Sign up now for 2015 Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Virginia farmers and forest land owners can now apply for assistance to protect the health and productivity of their land under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).


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Livestock producers urged to enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by Oct. 1

Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.


USDA provides $328 million to conserve wetlands and farmland, boost economy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $328 million in funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation.


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Enrollment for new dairy farm risk management program to begin Sept. 2

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program.


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USDA announces $25M to turn commodities into value-added products

USDA is investing $25 million to help 247 businesses nationwide expand their operations and create new products to market.


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2014 Farm Bill information session in Weyers Cave on Aug. 20

Farmers and farm landowners are cordially invited to attend the session to be held August 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM at the Weyers Cave Community Center, 682 Weyers Cave Road, Weyers Cave, VA.


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Grants to help veterans, minority farmers get started in agriculture

Partnerships continue USDA efforts supporting new farmers and build greater diversity in American agriculture


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Peanuts were born, raised in Virginia

Virginia’s peanut farming roots are plenty deep. The first commercial crop of peanuts in the United States was actually produced in 1842 in Southeast Virginia.


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First participants in conservation stewardship program can renew

Producers with expiring USDA Stewardship Program contracts have from July 11 until Sept. 12, 2014 to renew and add conservation activities that will support their natural resource improvement activities and fine-tune their conservation plans.


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Helping new farmers get started in agriculture

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today a new USDA program that will help new, minority and military veteran farmers get their start in agriculture.


Eric Cantor to farmers: Passing newest farm bill ‘was pretty rough’

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-7th, told members of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation board that an “unholy marriage between food stamps and farm policy” complicated Congress’ ability to pass the 2014 Farm Bill sooner than it did.


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Warner, Kaine applaud designation of Chesapeake Bay as critical conservation area

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as one of eight national Critical Conservation Areas.


Getting fresh produce at farmers’ markets is a SNAP

There are more than 240 farmers’ markets in Virginia, and now more consumers than ever can shop at them as the U.S. Department of Agriculture expands the mobility of its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.


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Sens. Warner, Kaine maintain Virginia priorities in Farm Bill

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va,) voted Tuesday for Senate passage of the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2014, which now goes to the President for his signature.


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Michael Petit: Urge Congress to vote no on cuts to food assistance

Members of Congress have announced a deal on the “Farm Bill” and it just passed the House by a 251-166 margin. It will now move to the Senate. 103 Democrats voted against the Farm Bill on concerns that cuts to the food stamp program were draconian. And they’re right.


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Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program due Jan. 17

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014.


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Patrice McDermott: Farm Bill threatens our right to know

Families who live near or share waterways with large corporate farms or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have a critical need to know some basic facts about these operations. The public’s right to this information, however, could be stripped away by the Farm Bill currently under debate in Congress.


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Tim Kaine joins Senate colleagues in opposing food stamp cuts

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined 38 Senate colleagues Monday urging congressional budget conferees to fight against cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


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USDA payments to farmers start going out today

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today the start of distribution of USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments to participants across the country.


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U.S. government shutdown affects agriculture; current farm bill expires

After passing a continuing resolution back and forth between the two chambers, Congress failed to come to an agreement to keep the government open beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.


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Goodlatte: Farm Bill contains much-needed reforms

Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement after voting in support of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act, which included only the farm provisions of the Farm Bill.


Can 2013 Farm Bill be revived? ‘Hopefully we’ll find a way’

It’s back to the drawing board for the 2013 Farm Bill. Legislation approved by the Senate earlier this year was defeated last week in the House.


Sen. Tim Kaine talks farm bill in Charlottesville, Gordonsville

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine participated in a roundtable with local farmers in Charlottesville on Friday to discuss the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (the Farm Bill), which was voted out of committee with bipartisan support, and how it will help Virginia farmers and local markets


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Senate, House ag committees approve versions of new farm bill

The next federal farm bill gained momentum last week when the Senate and House agriculture committees approved their respective versions of the bill.