In this Issue:
  • How Generic Base Could Be Treated with the Cottonseed Proposal for 2018
  • Crop Insurance for Beekeepers
  • Friday Feature: The Peanut Program Works
  • What is the USDA Survey You Got in the Mail in December?
  • Enrollment Open for 2017 ARC & PLC USDA Farm Bill Programs
  • Cotton Marketing News: Trying to Decipher the Numbers
  • Cotton Marketing News: Ending the Year with a more Positive Outlook
  • Have You Decided Which Commodity Support Program to Elect?
  • Farm Bill Decision Deadlines for Row Crop Farmers
  • 2014 Farm Bill Provides Greater Protection for Specialty Crop Growers
  • Farm Bill

    How Generic Base Could Be Treated with the Cottonseed Proposal for 2018

    Don Shurley, UGA Emeritus Cotton Economist

    With the 2014 farm bill, cotton base on a farm became “Generic Base.”  If you’ll recall, cotton base on a farm was frozen (could not be increased or decreased), but all other types of base on a farm (base “covered commodities” like corn, soybeans, peanuts, wheat, etc.) could …

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    Crop Insurance for Beekeepers

    Crop insurance for beekeeper operations has been expanded to include 19 additional states and now spans the entire 48 contiguous states. On July 27th,  U.S.Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced changes to the Apiculture Pilot Insurance (API) plan, ensuring greater protection for the producers’ honey, pollen collection, wax, and breeding stock.

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/crop-insurance-for-beekeepers/

    Friday Feature: The Peanut Program Works

    This week’s featured video was developed by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.   They have launched  a campaign called The Peanut Program Works to provide support for the Price Loss Coverage or PLC Program implemented with the 2014 Farm Bill, as lawmakers begin to discuss the next Farm Bill.  This video features …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/07/friday-feature-the-peanut-program-works/

    What is the USDA Survey You Got in the Mail in December?

    In addition to Christmas cards, farmers and ranchers in Florida received the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) in December 2016’s mail.  This questionnaire will assist the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify active farms and ranches in the United States, in preparation for the upcoming Ag Census.

    The result of the NACS will …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/13/what-is-the-usda-survey-you-got-in-the-mail-in-december/

    Enrollment Open for 2017 ARC & PLC USDA Farm Bill Programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini has announced that producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices to sign contracts …

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    Cotton Marketing News: Trying to Decipher the Numbers

    US cotton growers say they intend to plant 9.56 million acres this year.  We’ve likely all seen or heard the numbers by now so there’s little reason to plow that ground again.

    Prior to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report yesterday, there were at least two other acreage estimates out there—an estimate by the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/04/08/cotton-marketing-news-trying-to-decipher-the-numbers/

    Cotton Marketing News: Ending the Year with a more Positive Outlook

    Don Shurley, University of Georgia Cotton Economist

    Prices. 2015 has certainly been a challenging year. But the marketing year is less than half over and there may yet be better opportunities down the road. Most growers were looking for and holding out for 70 cents on Dec15 futures, and we just …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/12/22/cotton-marketing-news-ending-the-year-with-a-more-positive-outlook/

    Have You Decided Which Commodity Support Program to Elect?

    John VanSickle, Rod Clouser, Marina Arouca, UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department

    The 2014 Farm Bill introduced changes to farm commodity programs.  The safety net is now composed of two new programs, Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC).  The Direct and Counter-­Cyclical Program (DCP), the Supplemental Revenue Assistance …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/03/20/have-you-decided-which-commodity-support-program-to-elect-2/

    Farm Bill Decision Deadlines for Row Crop Farmers

     

    Every row crop farmer has some decisions to make regarding new programs outlined in the 2014 Farm Bill.  The following are the final deadline dates for several key decisions.  Due to the large number of farms in the region that will be needing help with these decisions, it would be advisable to make …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/01/16/farm-bill-decision-deadlines-for-row-crop-farmers/

    2014 Farm Bill Provides Greater Protection for Specialty Crop Growers

    Source: USDA Farm Service Agency

    Greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)  for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, …

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