Tag Archives: USDA

Deadline To Apply For Conservation Program Is Friday

USDA-300The deadline to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program is this Friday.  This program provides incentives for farmers to remove environmentally sensitive agriculture land from production and replace the crop with a more environmentally friendly option Continue reading

USDA Micro Loans For Farmers

USDA-300Yesterday, United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the USDA is now offering “farm ownership micro loans”. These micro loans are designed to help beginning and underserved farmers, midsized farming operations, and US veterans who are looking for careers in farming. The USDA Continue reading

Environmental Quality Incentives Program Deadline Friday

USDA-300The USDA’s “Environmental Quality Incentives Program” or EQIP, is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers. Through the program, agricultural producers can receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices that optimize environmental Continue reading

USDA Revises Farm Program Payments

 

USDA-300The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday finalized a rule to ensure that farm safety-net payments are issued only to active managers of farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority provide by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. The action, which exempts Continue reading

Case of Vesicular Stomatitis Found in Moffat County

cdaAs of this week, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 42 locations in 14 counties under quarantine after horses, mules, and cattle herds tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). That includes a location in Moffat County. The Northwest part Continue reading

Routt and Rio Blanco Counties Free of V.S.

cdaThe Routt and Rio Blanco County sites that were quarantined due to cases of vesicular stomatitis have been released from quarantine. The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veternarian’s Office has 46 locations in 14 counties under quarantine due to the disease. In Continue reading

Bennet Signs on to Letter Urging Sage Grouse Conservation Funding

sage_grouse-300Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet yesterday was one of a group of senators who urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to include full funding for conservation of the Gunnison and Greater sage grouse. The senators wrote a letter to Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochoran explaining that funding for sage grouse Continue reading

Farm Service Plans Meeting in Craig

USDA-300USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) along with Colorado State University (CSU) Extension will host multiple Farm Bill meetings and producers are urged to attend. FSA and CSU Extension will discuss the Price Loss Coverage Continue reading

Cattlemen Oppose Added Beef Check-Off

cattleYesterday, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) along with 43 other state cattlemen’s associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him to cease any efforts to establish an additional beef check-off under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Frank Daley, President of Continue reading

Tips for National Preparedness Month

USDA-300September is National Preparedness Month. The National Day of Action is September 30th. USDA’s Farm Service Agency has committed to participate in America’s PreparAthon this month in order to increase preparedness throughout the Continue reading

Tipton Grills Tidwell and Ashe on Water and Sage Grouse

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) sought clarity from Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe on water rights and sage grouse during a pair of hearings yesterday in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees. In the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry, Tipton pressed Tidwell for clarification on whether the agency is going to require the transfer of private Continue reading

Assistance Offered for Those Who Lost Grazing Ground in Disasters

FSAColorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Leland Swenson, is encouraging all Colorado livestock producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to contact their local FSA office to secure assistance by September 30th. After that date, congressionally mandated Continue reading