• President Obama has directed USDA to implement the farm bill’s livestock disaster programs within 60 days.

    The assistance will help those ranchers in the Dakotas and other places that have faced winter weather challenges. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the programs are expected to provide $100 million in assistance to California ranchers and more than a billion dollars nationwide.

    A White House fact sheet shows that producers will be able to sign up for the livestock disaster programs for losses experienced in 2012, 2013 and 2014 beginning in April.

  • The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers of the expanded crop insurance options for insurable organic crops. In its support for the continued growth of organic agriculture, RMA expanded the coverage options for producers through Federal crop insurance.

    Through efforts to better collect and evaluate price and yield data, RMA has worked with other USDA agencies over the past several years to enhance the coverage options for organic producers.

    Producers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2014 crop year.