On Monday, January 23, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office will kick off her Farm Bill Tour. Klobuchar’s staff will join with Minnesota agriculture leaders – including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson – to gather input from Minnesotans on ways to strengthen the 2018 Farm Bill. Over the two-day tour, Klobuchar’s office will host forums open to the public in six counties across Minnesota. The forums are free and open to the public. Growers are encouraged to attend.
The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be arriving in your mailbox soon—and it’s very important that you take the time to complete it.
The number of farmers completing the NASS survey has been declining in recent years, and that’s bad news for farmers. Survey results are important in determining the implementation of farm payments and programs—from the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program (county option) to the Price Loss Coverage Program—even farm appraisals.
Written by Jonathan Eisenthal
What would you do? What would you say? If you had the opportunity to host a top official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on your family farm?
For an hour on Wednesday, Plato, Minn., farmer Brian Thalmann, his dad Randall, and his son Adam, visited with Alexis Taylor, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA. Taylor is the official directly in charge of the farm program,
Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Public Policy Director
While I was away, the Minnesota legislature learned that the budget surplus is now projected to be $1.89 billion, an increase of $832 million over the November forecast. That’s certainly good news as the March 20 first committee deadline approaches.
The 20th annual Commodity Classic is underway in Phoenix and several Minnesota Corn Growers Association grower-leaders are in attendance. Here is a quick summary of some of the corn-centric news to come out of Classic so far:
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will provide a one-time extension to farmers for the new safety-net programs (known as ARC and PLC) established in the 2014 farm bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended from Feb.
It’s hard for John Mages to pinpoint a single accomplishment he’s most proud of during his nine years serving on the MCGA board of directors. But if he had to pick one thing, he’d go with finally getting a new farm bill passed in early 2014.
“It took a long time to finish that farm bill,” Mages said. “But we needed it and we finally got it done.”
Mages retired from the MCGA board in January after serving three terms covering nine years,
If you’re a Minnesota farmer who still has questions about programs included in the 2014 farm bill, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Growers and Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council are here to help.
The next in an ongoing series of farm bill webinars is set for 7–8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8. Topics covered will include Farm Service Agency (FSA) and supplemental crop insurance. Another webinar on Feb.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new rules about Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) authorized by the 2014 farm bill.
Farmers must make a decision to 1) maintain the farm’s 2013 base acres of covered commodities through 2018; or, 2) reallocate base acres among those covered commodities planted on the farm at any time during the 2009 – 2012 crop years.
Complete details on PLC/ARC,
If you’re a farmer and you’re not quite sure what to make of the 2014 farm bill, be sure to check out this three-part webinar series hosted by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Wheat Growers.
“These are very complex, long-term decisions farmers have to make on the farm programs,” said commodity advisor and broker Al Kluis, who will be participating in each webinar.
The 2014 MN Ag Leadership Conference (MALC) took place Sunday through Tuesday this week in Brainerd. Over 150 farmers, agribusiness leaders, policy experts and elected officials gathered to talk about important ag topics such as trade, transportation, taxes, regulations and the political landscape.
Congressman Peterson and Nolan
Congressman Collin Peterson opened the conference by addressing the group on Sunday. Congressman Rick Nolan closed the conference with a lunchtime talk on Tuesday.