Crop Insurance Priority 1

Crop Insurance: Priority #1, by Agri-Pulse Communications No matter who wins this November’s presidential election, one of the first items facing a new Secretary of Agriculture will be developing a 2018 farm bill, a process sure to begin early in 2017. As we start that effort, it is worth noting that for all its rich diversity, American agriculture seems to be united behind a few large overarching issues: coordinated and scientific regulatory policy by EPA, FDA, and USDA; healthy trade promotion; biotechnology; and farm labor issues, including immigration. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE  

USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadline

09/22/2015 10:12 AM EDT    Release No. 0263.15 USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadline WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the deadline to enroll for the dairy Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016 has been extended until Nov. 20, 2015. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. “The fall harvest is a busy time of the year for agriculture, so …

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Outlook for Texas Land Markets

Outlook for Texas Land Markets.  It’s been a great conference in San Antonio this week. Currently, Joe Outlaw is discussing the changes to the Farm Bill.  Six Clift Land Brokers representatives are here at the conference.  Just another way for us to stay up on land issues and continue being the Land Experts. Why would you go any place else for your farm and ranch real estate needs?

Interesting Topics in Agriculture

Interesting Topics in Agriculture Flake, McCain introduce bill to help reduce wildfire risk U.S. senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, both Arizona Republicans, have introduced a bill that would reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.Legal scholars predict Utah land transfer takes the public out of public lands Acquiring title to 31 million acres of public lands could lead to less public access, less public involvement in land-use decisions and perhaps a better chance that imperiled plants and animals win federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Using drones to sell homes — except in Washington Douglas Trudeau wanted to do things …

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Extension on Farm Program Deadlines

Extension on Farm Program Deadlines Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today 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).  The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015.  The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015. If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31, …

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Ins and Outs of the 2014 Farm Bill

Ins and Outs of the 2014 Farm Bill Webinar is scheduled for February 18th 10:00 am to 11:00 am CT Realtors® Land Institute February 12, 2015 – Land owners and clients trying to determine which of the new federal farm programs are best for them, will have an opportunity to discuss live with experts during a Hot Topic Web Seminar. The hot topic web seminar will cover: Opportunities to reallocate your base acreage program, based on planting history. Updating your farm’s yields on actual yield history. Understanding the three farm-income support options: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC)-County program, Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program; …

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CBO Releases Updated Baseline Report

CBO Releases Updated Baseline Report.  The Congressional Budget Office just released their updated baseline report for farm programs.  Click here to see the report.

Farm Bill Allows Early Termination for Certain CRP Contracts

Farm Bill Allows Early Termination for Certain CRP Contracts USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Judith A. Canales, reminds producers that as of Aug. 6, producers with acres under contract through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can apply for early contract termination, as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. The deadline to request early CRP contract termination is Jan. 30, 2015. The effective date for early termination is no earlier than October 1, 2014. The CRP contract must been in effect for at least five years and other conditions must be met. The 2014 Farm Bill identifies 10 …

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Farm Bill Info Session

Clift Land Brokers will sponsor the upcoming 2014 Farm Bill Info Session, Friday, March 21st.  Please plan to attend.

Evaluating Commodity Program Choices in the New Farm Bill

February 11, 2014 By:  University News Release By: Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois The new farm bill has revised the farm safety net, requiring farmers and landowners to sort through a series of decisions. Here, we provide initial analysis and information on the choices in the new farm safety net for the 2014 crop year.  Read more here