the application. (The application consists of both short answer and essay
questions and requires veterans to submit a business plan.)
for the award announcements in April.
A webinar to review the application followed by a
Q&A session will be held Wednesday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m. PST.
Registration is limited to the first 500 participants, but a recording will be
posted to the Fellowship web page after it’s completed. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8095158054240674827.
The USDA has a wonderful new resource for beginning farmers — the New Farmer’s website. The website is aimed at beginning farmers to introduce and explain the multitude of USDA resources and assistance for beginning farmers.
And a multitude of USDA resources there are. The website has a wealth of information — links to agricultural libraries, USDA service centers, risk management resources, Start2Farm.gov, marketing news, FSA loan resources and so much more.
Go check out the New Farmer’s website. It is well worth the time for all the resources provided. And if any of the information there sparks a question, feel free to contact us! We’re here to help.
The website truly is a great resource. Maybe you are curious about organic certification and are beginning the process of determining if it is for your operation. Then the Agricultural Marketing Service, via a link on the left-hand side of the website, can begin to answer your questions. Maybe you are wondering whether you can purchase crop insurance for your organic fields? Just click on the ‘Financial Resources’ link and you can find information on crop insurance, as well as loans, conservation assistance, and marketing assistance.
You can even delve into topics such as importing and exporting organic products. You can find a wealth of information on importing and exporting various products, required trade forms, and training and enforcement materials with which to educate yourself. You can even keep up with organic news from the USDA via their Organic 101 blog.
The resources on the USDA’s one stop organic shop are from all the various USDA agencies. If you need help navigating the website or have questions, you are welcome to contact us!
Today, the federal government is open for business. And while that is good news, there will still be some effects felt for a few days:
The USDA’s website is up and will be updated over the next few days. USDA agencies, such as the Farm Service Agency, should be staffed as of this morning.
Because FSA is staffed, that will allow farmers and ranchers to get checks signed by the FSA, if applicable to their situation.
Certain statistical reports from the National Agriculture Statistical Service and World Agricultural Outlook Board will be cancelled or delayed because necessary data was not able to be collected during the shutdown. Cancelled reports are the Crop Production and Cotton Ginnings reports from NASS and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates from WAOB, both scheduled for October 11. The next release date is November 8. Crop Progress reports scheduled for October 7 and October 15 are cancelled. The October 18 Cattle on Feed report is postponed.
For those in South Dakota whose experienced livestock losses due to the blizzard, Senator John Thune (R-SD) has information on Livestock Disaster Assistance on his website. However, due to the expiration of the Farm Bill, assistance may be slow in coming but remember to document your losses for possible future assistance.
As discussed in Tuesday’s post, the Farm Bill also expired Tuesday. What does that mean for farmers and ranchers?
We know that most USDA offices are closed during the shutdown. This means you cannot seek assistance from, for example, the Farm Service Agency or National Resources Conservation Service because the offices are closed. In pragmatic terms, this means items such as loan applications are not being processed by the Farm Service Agency. Direct payments may also be impacted. A list of programs that expired on October 1st and the implications is here.
Also, conferees have been appointed from the Senate to discuss the Farm Bill. The House has not yet appointed conferees. Conferees would allow the House and Senate to hold a conference committee in an attempt to resolve differences between the Farm Bills passed in the House and Senate respectively. When more information is available, we will update you.
As you likely know, the federal government shut down as of midnight eastern time. If you haven’t been to the USDA’s website yet, take a gander and I’ll be right here waiting for your return.
What services are available from the USDA? This chart, if you search for the USDA, outlines what is and is not open. Of interest to this audience, meat and poultry inspections continue, as does grain inspections, and the loans backed by the Rural Development Division will be monitored. The Farm Service Agency is shutdown and in operation only for emergency and natural disaster response. The National Resources Conservation Service is shutdown with the exception of protection of life and property. The Risk Management Agency is shutdown and no employees will be at their offices. Market analysis, forecasts, and analysis will not be provided because the Agricultural Statistical Service and Economic Research Service will be closed.
Please keep in mind that the above concerns the government shutdown and as more information becomes available, this post will be updated. This post does not address the Farm Bill Continuing Resolution which also expires today. More than the Farm Bill situation Thursday.