• Farm Bill Opinions a Mixed Bag at Event

    Apr 03, 2017
    While most of Washington’s agriculture organizations and their memberships throughout rural America are optimistic about farm policy, the future of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the outlook of a strong safety net in the 2018 Farm Bill, recent gatherings here indicate that a resistance effort is brewing.
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  • Prevented Planting Update Good for Rice

    Nov 23, 2016
    Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced changes to the agency’s prevented planting rules.
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  • August 1st Deadline for ARC/PLC Enrollment

    Jul 22, 2016
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding all farmers to enroll their farms in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs before the deadline of August 1 to be eligible for 2016 crop year payments.
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  • USDA Updates USA Rice Farmers on Farm Bill Implementation

    Dec 10, 2015
    This morning the Board of Directors for the USA Rice Farmers representing rice farmers from all six rice-growing states heard a number of updates from Brad Karmen, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).
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  • Highway Bill Promises Reversal of Crop Insurance Cuts

    Dec 03, 2015
    On Tuesday, language was released by the House and Senate conference committee for the final version of the Highway Bill that would officially repeal cuts to federal crop insurance.
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  • House Passes 2-year Budget Deal, Promises to Reverse Cuts to Crop Insurance

    Oct 29, 2015
    Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 which raised the debt ceiling until March 2017 and increased federal spending by $80 billion over two years. Fortunately for agriculture, the previously reported $3 billion cut to federal crop insurance will be reversed during the Appropriations process later this fall.
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  • Japan Academics Meet with USA Rice to Discuss Crop Insurance, Farm Programs

    Sep 16, 2015
    Intellectual exchangeFarm policy academics from Ibaraki University and Okayama University met with USA Rice Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Mosely and COO Bob Cummings today to discuss current U.S. rice support policies, especially crop insurance.
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