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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CGS Podcast: Legislation in Invasive Species Management with Conor Barnes

July 6, 2020

Follow the Center for Grassland Studies Podcast on: MediaHub, Spotify, iTunes or Stitcher.

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