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USDA now accepting farm loan payments online

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that most farm loan borrowers will now be able to make payments to their direct loans online through the Pay My Loan feature on farmers.gov.  Pay My Loan is part of a broader effort by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to streamline its processes, ...

USDA, USAID deploy $1 billion for emergency food assistance

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will deploy $1 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation funding to purchase U.S.-grown commodities to provide emergency food assistance to people in need throughout the world, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and USAID Administrator ...

USDA announces next major step in promoting competition in agriculture under Packers and Stockyards Act

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the finalization of Inclusive Competition and Market Integrity Under the Packers and Stockyards Act. The final rule will be effective 60 days following publication in the Federal Register. The final rule Inclusive Competition and Market Integrity Under the Packers and ...

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11th circuit ruling on Florida’s foreign-owned law may spur similar lawsuits FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —  The successful appeal of an attempt to stop a Florida law restricting foreign ownership of real estate may be the vanguard of legal actions against similar laws in other states, said Micah Brown, staff attorney for ...

USDA to kick off the National Agricultural Classification Survey

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2024 – Already preparing for the 2027 Census of Agriculture, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) starting Jan. 24. The survey, an important step in determining who should receive a 2027 Census of Agriculture questionnaire, will go to approximately 250,000 ...

Despite rising wage rate, agriculture dependent on H-2A program

According to data analyzed in a recent Market Intel report, H-2A usage reached new highs in fiscal year 2023, despite an increase in the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR), which outpaced the hourly wage growth rate of all private employees. This increase in both demand for workers and wage rate ...

USDA signs agreement with Agriculture Future of America to prepare young people for careers in agriculture

WASHINGTON,-U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Agriculture Future of America (AFA), formalizing a partnership to promote the common goals of strengthening the future competitiveness and sustainability of the U.S. agriculture industry by preparing more young people for careers in agriculture. ...

USDA invests nearly $28M to support beginning farmers and ranchers

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2023 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small announced an investment of $27.9 million across 45 organizations that teach and train beginning farmers and ranchers, including programs for U.S. veterans who are entering into agricultural careers and starting new farming businesses. “The next generation ...

NALC’s Rollins: WOTUS legal roller coaster may slow, but it’s not stopping

The term waters of the U.S., or WOTUS, is crucial to understanding which water bodies are protected by the Clean Water Act, but defining the term has been an ongoing challenge. That trend doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon, according to Brigit Rollins, staff attorney for the National ...

Arkansas 1st to take enforcement action on foreign-ownership law

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas became the first in the nation to enforce a state law banning certain foreign entities from owning agricultural land when its attorney general on Oct. 17th ordered a Chinese-owned company divest itself of farmland in Craighead County. “This is the first time that we’ve seen some ...