Action Alerts

ARC Payments Cause Confusion

Monday, November 30th, 2015 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information Following a litany of farmer complaints related to the first round Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) county payments recently issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) through the 2014 farm bill, the USDA has changed its policy on how farms can become eligible for payments.   In some cases, farmers with farmland […] Read more...

Arkansan Elected President of Future Farmers of America

Monday, November 30th, 2015 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information An Arkansas woman, Ms. Taylor McNeel of Southern Arkansas University (SAU), was elected President of the Future Farmers of America (FFA).  McNeel is only the second Arkansan to be named president of the national organization.  She hails from Vilonia, Arkansas, where her family farms. She was elected in October at the FFA National Convention in […] Read more...

USDA Makes $350 Million Available for Conservation Easements

Monday, November 30th, 2015 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it is making $350 million available to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation.  The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which was created by the 2014 farm bill to protect critical water resources and wildlife […] Read more...

EPA Makes Cancellation Notice for Pesticide Sulfoxaflor

Monday, November 30th, 2015 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it issued a cancellation notice for Dow AgroSciences’ pesticide Transform and other Sulfoxaflor-containing products, which are used extensively by cotton and grain sorghum producers. The cancellation notice came in response to a Sept. 10 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling vacating product registrations for sulfoxaflor. The court […] Read more...

USDA Finally Releases Catfish Inspection Rule

Monday, November 30th, 2015 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released the final rule that establishes an inspection service for imported and domestically-raised catfish, implementing provisions required by the 2008 and 2014 farm bill. The inspection rule will take effect in March.  Through the regulation,  responsibility for catfish and similar fish will shift to USDA’s Food Safety and […] Read more...
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