Legislation and public policy
Guebert: First USDA Quick Fix - CRP Expansion and Reform
January 24, 2021
On his way out the door last month, former House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, just off a hammering reelection defeat, offered the nation one final idea: the incoming secretary of agriculture should be empowered to enroll up to 50 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) over the next five years.
Center for Rural Affairs: Nebraska Unicameral Update Jan. 12, 2021
January 12, 2021
The Unicameral convened its long, 90-day, session on Jan. 4, and is scheduled to adjourn June 10. This week, bills began to be introduced and committee chairpersons named. Each bill introduced will be heard in one of 14 standing committees. Committee hearings begin Jan. 25 and will last through mid-March. Here is a selection of bills and issues the Center for Rural Affairs is following.
Conservation Reserve Program General Signup Begins
January 8, 2021
Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can sign up for the popular program beginning today, Jan. 4, 2021, until Feb. 12, 2021. The competitive program, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)
December 22, 2020
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill) reauthorized the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and provides mandatory funds for which supports education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers and ranchers.
USDA Announces Increase to Certain Incentive Payments for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program
December 10, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is increasing incentive payments for practices installed on land enrolled in the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is upping the Practice Incentive Payment for installing practices, from 5 percent to 20 percent. Additionally, producers will receive a 10 percent incentive payment for water quality practices on land enrolled in CRP’s continuous signup.
CGS Podcast: Legislation in Invasive Species Management with Conor Barnes
July 6, 2020