Ag & Public Policy

Farm Bill Presentations from Extension and FSA Available for Viewing

Nebraska Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Nebraska recently completed a series of more than 30 farm bill producer education meetings across the state.

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Extension and FSA Farm Bill Education Meetings Start Soon - More Locations Added

Nebraska Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska are hosting a series of Farm Bill education meetings over the next two months to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions.

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Extension, FSA to Host Farm Bill Education Meetings Across Nebraska in November and December

Nebraska Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska will host a series of Farm Bill education meetings over the next two months to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions.

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Extension, Farm Service Agency Plan Farm Bill Education Meetings Across Nebraska

University of Nebraska Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Nebraska are planning a series of Farm Bill education meetings in late November through December to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions.

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Farm Bill Safety Net Update

The 2018 Farm Bill was passed and signed into law in December 2018, but the programs under the new farm bill have been slowly rolling out over the course of 2019. Coupled with on-going support from 2014 Farm Bill programs and ad hoc support for trade assistance and agricultural disaster assistance, the safey net for producers is increasingly complex.

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Farm Program Payment Update - October 2018

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) began issuing payments to producers in October for Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) programs for the 2017 crop year.

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Farm Program Payments and Projections - May 2018

Updated commodity price projections from USDA point to substantial changes in farm program payment projections as well for the coming year.

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Farm Program Payments and Projections - March 2018

Updated yield and price estimates and projections available from USDA provide the basis for solid estimates of Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage county-level (ARC-CO) payments to be paid on the 2017 crop in October 2018.

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Farm Program Payment Update and Information

USDA's Farm Service Agency began issuing Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments to producers for the 2016 crop earlier this month. There are several sources of information and educational material that readers can find to explore and understand these payments in more detail.

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Mapping Farm Program Payments

Farm program payments from the county-level Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) program provide support to producers when actual crop revenue (calculated at county average yields and national average prices) falls below a revenue guarantee tied to moving average yields and prices.

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2018 Farm Bill Economic Principles and Policy Challenges

A brief paper prepared for the Nebraska Agriculture 2018 Farm Bill Listening Session at the State Fair on September 1 provides a perspective on some of the major policy issues facing agricultural producers, stakeholders, and policymakers as the next farm bill is deliberated and developed.

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Marketing Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments

For the first time in more than 10 years, wheat producers may need to consider the acronym LDP as part of their marketing decisions. The marketing loan program provides underlying income support tied to a national average loan rate for program commodities. In the case of wheat, that loan rate is $2.94/bushel nationally, adjusted for class and county across the country.

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Farm Program Payment Estimates - June 2016

Farm program payments under the 2014 Farm Bill have become substantial as prices have declined over the past few years. Farm program payments on the 2014 crop that were paid in late 2015 contributed more than $600 million to Nebraska producers' cash flow and bottom lines, helping to cushion some of the challenges of lower commodity prices.
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2014 Farm Program Payment Estimates - July Update (Current as of early September)

Farm program payments for the 2014 crop will be due to producers in October 2015, after the 2014 crop marketing year is complete for all crops and national marketing year average prices are published as of the end of September.

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ARC/PLC, Base, and Yield Deadlines Extended to April 7

USDA-FSA announced today an extension of the deadline to make the ARC/PLC program election and the accompanying base acreage reallocation and payment yield update decisions. The decisions will now be due at local FSA offices by April 7, 2015 with producers required to get an appointment or get registered for an appointment by that date.

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Base and Yield Update Decisions Extended to March 31

USDA has just announced an extension of the deadline for the base and yield update decisions from today (February 27) to March 31, consistent with the ARC vs. PLC election decision deadline.

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Farm Bill Questions and Answers

As the farm bill decision analysis continues in advance of the pending deadlines for base, yield, and program enrollment elections, there are numerous questions about how the programs work, how to use and interpret the farm bill decision tool analysis, and how to address various program issues.

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Farm Bill Decision Tool Training Video

Nebraska Extension hosted a farm bill decision tool training session on January 14, 2015 in Lincoln to illustrate and demonstrate the use of online decision tools to help producers make base, yield, and program enrollment decisions with USDA's Farm Service Agency.

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Farm Bill Details and Decisions Presentation Available

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Farm Bill Dairy Program Information

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Farm Bill Rules and Details

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Farm Bill Decision Tools Available

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Disaster Assistance Coming Quickly Under The New Farm Bill

With the new farm bill now in place, rulemaking and program implementation is expected to follow over the next several months. The first new programs out the door to help producers will be the disaster assistance programs.

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Farm Bill Here at Last (Maybe)

After several years of debate and development, a new farm bill seems to have finally reached the finish line. At least, the final compromise legislation has been reported out of the conference committee today, Monday, January 27 and appears ready for a floor vote in the House as soon as Wednesday, January 29.

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