Helping beginning farmers find land Farmland Access Bootcamp will be Feb. 9 in central Iowa.

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Original Article Here: Finding land to farm can be an enormous stumbling block for new farmers. But you can get a leg up on your search by attending a one-day course. Part of a multiyear project led by Minnesota-based Renewing the Countryside, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa and other regional organizations, the Farmland Access Bootcamp will provide beginning farmers with a comprehensive overview of land access strategies, tools and resources, and help Continue reading


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USDA Market Facilitation Program USDA launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer MFP to provide payments to corn (fresh and processed), cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean (fresh and processed), wheat, shelled almond, and fresh sweet cherry producers. An announcement about further Continue reading

ISA lays path for soybean policy in 2019 Iowa Soybean Association updates policy playbook for members to use for advocating on legislative issues.

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Original Article Here: Isa-lays-path-soybean-policy-2019 Iowa Soybean Association members and staff have an updated policy playbook to reference while advocating for issues impacting farmer competitiveness. Delegates from the state’s nine crop districts approved new guiding principles during the association’s annual policy conference in December. The 15-page document affirms ISA polices regarding conservation, trade, biofuels and a host of other issues. As the Iowa Legislature began it’s 2019 session on Jan. 14, Michael Dolch, ISA policy director, Continue reading

USDA NEWS – 4/3/18

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USDA Reopens Enrollment for Improved Dairy Safety Net Tool Release No. 0042.18 Contact: Justin Fritscher, (202) 720-5776 WASHINGTON, April 3, 2018— U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is encouraging dairy producers to consider enrolling in the new and improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which will provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices. With changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Continue reading

2018 Prospective Plantings by State

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View Full Article 2018 Prospective Plantings by State Topics: Crops 4/5/2018 According to the USDA 2018 Prospective Plantings report, total planted soybean acres are estimated at 89 million acres, down slightly from last year. Total corn acreage is expected to be 88 million acres, down about 2% from 2017. Wheat and cotton acres planted are expected to increase 3% and 7%, respectively compared to 2017. Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska are expected to lead the way Continue reading

What would Chinese tariffs on soybeans look like for the U.S.

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View Full Article What would Chinese tariffs on soybeans look like for the U.S. Topics: Livestock Risk Management & Farm Programs Crops By David Miller, Director of Research and Commodity Services, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation 4/4/2018 The Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced today that there would be an additional list of 106 U.S. goods that would be hit with tariffs pending trade discussions finishing in May 2018. Specifically, these new tariffs included a product that Continue reading

Livestock Forage Losses

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Producers in Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Jefferson, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Union, Wapello, Warren, Wayne County are eligible to apply for 2017 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) benefits on native pasture, improved pasture, annual ryegrass, and forage sorghum. LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffer grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned or cash leased land or fire on federally managed land. County committees can only accept LFP applications Continue reading

November 2017 Crop Production Report

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Crop Progress ISSN: 1948-3007 Released November 6, 2017, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Corn Harvested – Selected States [These 18 States harvested 94% of the 2016 corn acreage] ———————————————————————— : Week ending : :—————————————–: State : November 5, : October 29, : November 5, : 2012-2016 : 2016 : 2017 : 2017 : Average ———————————————————————— : percent : Colorado …….: 84 31 50 76 Continue reading

FSA Offers Joint Financing Option on Direct Farm Ownership Loans

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The USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Direct Farm Ownership loans are a resource to help farmers and ranchers become owner-operators of family farms, improve and expand current operations, increase agricultural productivity, and assist with land tenure to save farmland for future generations. Depending on the applicant’s needs, there are three types of Direct Farm Ownership Loans: regular, down payment and joint financing. FSA also offers a Direct Farm Ownership Microloan option for smaller financial needs Continue reading

USDA Offers Drought Impacted Iowa Farmers and Ranchers Immediate Disaster Assistance

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Farm Service Agency Stands Ready to Assist Agricultural Producers Affected by Drought Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers in of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from drought. FSA offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts during drought or similar qualifying natural disasters. Available programs and loans include: · Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) – provides Continue reading