May 27, 2015

U.S. Farmers Have One Week To Certify Conservation Compliance Or Lose Crop Insurance Subsidies

U.S. farmers have until Monday, June 1st to certify their compliance with conservation mandates and remain eligible for crop insurance subsidies for the 2016 season.  In order to do so, farmers must have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, also known as an AD-1026 form, on file with their local USDA Service Center.

The majority of farmers who are already taking part in other government programs including marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans, and disaster assistance will have this form already completed.  However, as a condition placed in the 2014 farm bill, the compliance form will now also apply to those whose only relationship with USDA programs is through crop insurance.  This is especially notable for farmers of specialty crops like sugar beets, where many producers never needed to file forms for their joint ventures.

The Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form AD-1026 is available at local USDA Service Centers or online at www.fsa.usda.gov/AD1026form.When a farmer completes this form, USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service staff will identify any additional actions that may be required for compliance with highly erodible land and wetland provisions. USDA’s Risk Management Agency, through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, manages the federal crop insurance program.

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USDA Develops Sales Lead System For Beginning Exporters

There are a variety of ways for U.S. ag products sellers to connect with potential buyers – and now – the U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed another way called the Trade Lead System. Christian Foster – USDA Foreign Agriculture Service Office of Trade Programs Deputy Administrator – says the system is online and free…

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Foster says buyers can filter out leads based on specific products they want. For sellers – he says the system is geared toward smaller American companies who may not be as involved so far with exporting…tape

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If you’d like more information, visit www.fas.usda.gov/trade-lead-system.

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Trade Promotion Authority Passes Major Senate Hurdle

mitch-mcconnell-floor-speech-conTwelve Democrats joined 50 Republicans to end a Senate filibuster of President Obama’s top domestic priority – trade promotion authority. The vote greased the skids for final Senate passage of TPA – needed to secure a Trans Pacific trade deal among the U.S. and 11 Pacific nations – which could dramatically boost U.S. farm exports to Asia. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took the Senate floor…

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Finance Chair Orrin Hatch crafted the TPA bill and stressed the importance of the latest vote as debate wound down on TPA…

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The Democrats’ filibuster was broken by a deal to vote on a measure to renew the controversial export import bank. Top Finance Democrat Ron Wyden…

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Thursday’s vote was seen giving TPA supporters the votes needed for final Senate passage of fast track – a huge win for major farm groups. An even tougher battle still looms in the U.S. House.

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