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Farm Bill Decision Aid

It will be at least a couple months before enrollment begins for the new Farm Bill programs PLC and ARC. But for farmers who would like some preliminary information about how the two programs will work, a decision aid has been created by the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University. Click here

Beef Grading May Change

We’ve all gotten used to grades for beef like prime, choice, and select. But there might be changes in the offing as USDA is seeking public input on possible revisions to the grading standards. USDA says it is considering changes because there have been a lot of improvements and trends in animal raising and feeding during the tme since the standards were originally adopted.  For more information about this subject and how you can comment on proposed changes, go here


Cotton Program Sign-Up

Farmers can now enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program. CTAP will provide cotton farmers in the 2014 crop year with interim payments until USDA can begin offering the new insurance product known as the Stacked Income Protection Plan, which was created in the new Farm Bill. For more information, go here 

CRP Changes Proposed

With the new Farm Bill, some changes are coming to the Conservation Reserve Program. The Farm Service Agency of USDA says the changes include some that are intended to make CRP more flexible when it comes to emergency haying and grazing in drought-designated areas. Other changes are aimed at getting more of what is considered environmentally sensitive land enrolled in CRP. FSA is seeking input from land owners and producers on the proposed changes. To learn more about the issue and provide comments, go here

Water Regulation Proposals Controversial

Many in agriculture are concerned about what is commonly referred to as “The Waters of the U.S. Rule.” This “rule” involves the Clean Water Act, and what many fear is an attempt by EPA to reinterpret the Act in ways that would make even small bodies of water like ditches and ponds subject to regulation and thereby impose new restrictions on common agricultural practices like fertilizer and herbicide application. A public comments period regarding the Clean Water Act proposals is open through Oct. 20. To learn more about the issue and submit your opinions, go here

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