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  • Official: Growers can get assistance Mar 27, 2014 - The Clovis News Journal ...crops, producers must choose between two types of government assistance: Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), but farmers will not see any ARC or PLC payments until Oct. 1, 2015. The PLC plan is strictly an individual-based plan in which an agricultural producer will be paid 65 percent of their base acreage if the national market price of crops drops. Under the ARC plan, producers have an individual-based option or a county-based option. Cogburn...
  • March 17 was big day for crop insurance Mar 26, 2014 - Agweek The record price was $11.11 per bushel in 2008. --Corn -- $4.62 per bushel in 2014, down from $5.65 in 2013. The record price was $6.01 per bushel in 2011. --Soybeans -- $11.36 per bushel in 2014, down from $12.87 in 2013.
  • Not ready to plow under the yard for an edible landscape? Try a CSA Mar 25, 2014 - The Oregonian March 24--There has been quite a bit of attention given to edible landscaping in the past decade. There are, however, an abundance of small farmers in the area able and willing to share the abundance of their labors with the neighbors.
  • NDFU president encourages young farmers Feb 26, 2014 - Agweek The same year, he joined the state board of directors. Initially, he says he ignored the calls, but an endorsement petition influenced him to run. I want it to represent how successful farming is, how important.
  • Ag census shows farms are bigger, fewer, more prosperous Feb 26, 2014 - Agweek The average age of farmers rose to 58.3 from 57.1 in 2007. The average age of farm operators rose to 57 from 56.5 in 2007. The average age of farmers rose to 58.9 from 57.8 in 2012.
  • USDA chief economist says farm bill will affect income, not plantings Feb 26, 2014 - Agweek The soybean export forecast is raised $1.8 billion to $21.7 billion as strong demand from China add to both volume and unit value. Corn use was boosted by industrial use for corn, including ethanol, particularly in the U.S. and China. Prices for food consumed at home rose, on average, only 0.9 percent.
  • Cotton prices on low side Feb 25, 2014 - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ...growers not wait to contract their crop. "I think a farmer should market now," he said. "I think there's a strong chance prices will be even lower in the fall." Steve Verett, executive vice president of Plains Cotton Growers, described that 78-cent cotton as a "break-even price" that would need to reach at least a few more cents to earn a significant profit margin. And with crop insurance prices not completely set and direct payments gone from the new farm bill, growers...
  • USDA farming census: Maine has more young farmers, more land in farms Feb 24, 2014 - Bangor Daily News In 2000, there were about 7,000 farmers in Maine and farm acres in production were declining significantly, he told the BDN five years ago. In 2012, the survey counted 8,176 farms and 1.45 million acres of land in farms. The numbers of farms in the country also decreased to 2.1 million in 2012, down 4.3 percent from the 2007 agricultural census.
  • House committee takes up food deserts, where fresh groceries are scarce Feb 24, 2014 - The News and Observer Leonard Windham, 50, is trying to introduce more fresh produce into the family's diet. Kroger officials said the stores were not profitable. The program offered money to businesses willing to sell or expand their fresh food offerings in food deserts.
  • Number of farms in Pa., N.J. declines Feb 23, 2014 - The Philadelphia Inquirer Farm Bureau. "There are jobs related to farming." But recalling that the 2002 census found 58,000 farms and noticing that the 2012 acreage was off by only 100,000 acres, officials were not sure the loss of Pennsylvania farms was as significant as it might appear. "Farmers actually do retire and sell off land," O'Neill said. "Sometimes, their land is sold to neighboring farmers, so you have the same amount of land being farmed," but fewer growers. The census numbers...
  • Farm bill a boon to eastern Washington Feb 23, 2014 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News Feb. 22--Two initiatives in the new farm bill could mean good things for Palouse growers, universities and children's health, said U.S. Sen. India's middle class is going to grow by something like 800 percent over the next several years.
  • Cantwell: State to reap benefits of farm bill Feb 23, 2014 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Feb. 22--PULLMAN -- U.S. Sen.
  • Guthrie: Farm bill passage required compromise Feb 23, 2014 - Messenger-Inquirer Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. The bill cut spending by $23 billion and replaced direct payment subsidies to farmers with insurance programs. Different factions of the agriculture community took differing positions.
  • 'Checkoff' program will help tree growers Feb 22, 2014 - Jefferson Post (West Jefferson, N.C.) Christmas Tree Grower Association, and one of many tree growers who lobbied for the new funding stream. The checkoff program is well known as a funding source for the agricultural industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture administrates the 20 programs for commodities from beef to watermelons, and includes crops like blueberries, mangos, avocados, softwood lumber and popcorn. For Christmas tree growers in Ashe County and across the nation, the new program will charge growers...
  • Farm bill might help bio-based companies Feb 2, 2014 - The Columbus Dispatch ...products keeps plastics and other long-lived materials out of landfills. "Every time we use a bio-based plastic, we are sequestering carbon," said Dennis Hall, director of the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center at Ohio State University, which works to speed bioproducts to market. So capturing some of the atmosphere's carbon in a plastic or other bioproduct can help slow climate change, he said. Making products from agricultural ingredients, such as corn or corn stalks,...
  • Walden touts regional benefits from farm bill Feb 2, 2014 - Mail Tribune Jackson County received $765,726. U.S. Rep.
  • Davis touts bipartisan work on Farm Bill Feb 2, 2014 - Herald and Review Feb. 01--DECATUR -- With passage in the U.S. House and likely passage next week in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Davis said the act, with an estimated cost of $956.4 billion over 10 years, would save taxpayers $23 billion. The plan expands crop insurance and continues to subsidize farmers' plans.
  • Urban farm, community center to be discussed Tuesday Feb 2, 2014 - Richmond Register ...proposal to build a Berea Urban Farm and Community Center less than a block from Old Town will be discussed Tuesday during Sustainable Berea's monthly meeting. A potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. in the Friends Meeting House, 300 Harrison Road. Participants will break into small groups to discuss urban farms and give input on what people would like to see in the center, said Cheyenne Olson with Sustainable Berea. A base map will be available so groups...
  • Area farmers relieved new farm bill clears hurdle Feb 2, 2014 - Springfield News-Sun Wednesday's voting in the House was largely bipartisan. The new farm bill ends so-called direct payments, which are subsidies paid to farmers whether they farm or not. When the price of corn is up, we don't need that safety net. That's where that crop insurance is going to be so important," said Harbage. What complicated matters was the inclusion of the nation's food stamp program.
  • Farm bill plows under direct payments Feb 2, 2014 - Associated Press The legislation also caps how much money an individual farmer can receive - $125,000 annually for all payments and loans. There's also more money for expanding traditional crop insurance.Critics say the bill misses a chance for real reform. Farmers will get payments if crop prices fall below certain targets, such as $3.70 per bushel for corn, $8.40 for soybeans and $5.50 for wheat.