Ag Policy & Farm Programs


FSA Farm Program Deadlines Quickly Approaching

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REMINDER: USDA’s Extended Deadlines and Due Dates Fall in February The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established the procedures required to provide direct payments to growers to help offset some damage imposed by retaliatory tariffs. As a result of the […]


How the Final 199A Regulations Impact Ag

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Resolution for Some, and Continued Doubt for Others Following the long-awaited “final” regulations released by the IRS late on Friday, January 18, some in the Ag industry appreciated the additional clarity, while others remained underwhelmed.  The guidelines contained, as is […]


What You Need to Know About Second MFP Payment

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Growers to Benefit from Second Round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) Payments – BUT, DOUBLECHECK ANALYSES BY LENDERS Following the authorization of the second MFP payments, here are a few key points that growers should keep top of mind for […]


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Bracing for Natural Disasters – To Do’s and FAQs

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With the Southeastern portion of the United States bracing once again for what’s shaping up to be the second natural disaster to hit the vicinity in less than one month, farmers are finding themselves faced with potentially devastating flood and […]


Latest Tariff Relief Changes Affect Almond, Cherry & Hog Producers

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Shelled Almonds and Fresh Cherries Added; Number of Head Determination for Hogs Extended The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established the procedures required to provide direct payments to growers to help offset some damage imposed by retaliatory tariffs. Almonds & […]


Water Infrastructure Act Fluidly Moving Along

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Standalone Tax Bill Poised to Benefit America’s Agriculture The proposed WATER Act will add flexibility for reservoir, irrigation, and water companies to generate essential revenue to invest in infrastructure. The bill reforms section 501(c)(12) of the federal tax code and […]


Food and Ag Businesses Can Tap into Emerging Sustainability Incentives

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Funding opportunities are available to companies that meet “green” requirements Environmental sustainability programs now have monetary value with banks. Consider CMS Energy, one of the nation’s largest combination electric and natural gas utilities. In June 2018, the Michigan-based energy provider […]


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Details Announced for the Commodities Promised Relief by USDA

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According to the official press release, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will administer the Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will distribute […]


How & When The USDA’s $12B Will Help Farmers and Ranchers

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More details have been released for the $12b aid package to farmers and ranchers affected by the tariffs.  It is intended to help promote and offset costs for trade damage and marketing. While this program was designed to provide relief from […]


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New Opportunity for Producers with Generic Base Acres

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Producers with Generic Base Acres Can Now Make Updates with FSA Application period for elections on generic base acres is now open through December 7, 2018. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), has […]