• Nov 21, 2016

    Key ag policy issues ahead

    The election is over and the new Trump administration is getting ready to take over. But what does that mean for ag policy? Kent Thiesse gives us an idea....More
  • Aug 9, 2016

    Leaders and farmers discuss ag issues at Farmfest

    Farmers gathered to hear the latest on what is happening in the state and national legislatures....More
  • Jan 5, 2016

    2015 ARC-CO payments will vary

    A very high percentage of crop producers in the U.S. are enrolled in the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program choice on their corn and soybean base acres for 2014-2018 crop years. Most producers in the Upper Midwest earned a significant corn ARC-CO payment for the 2014 crop year, while farm operators in some counties also earned a substantial 2014 ARC-CO payment on their soybean base acres....More
  • Nov 24, 2015

    Potential recalculation of ARC-CO payments

    Farm operators who have had their 2014 ARC-CO payments negatively affected by the choice of their FSA administrative county have until Feb. 1, 2016, to request FSA to re-calculate their 2014 FSA payments on the basis of the physical location of each FSA farm unit....More
  • Oct 27, 2015

    Clarifying 2014 ARC-CO payments

    The first confusion surrounding ARC-CO payments is why producers in one county get the maximum payment for a crop for the 2014 crop year, and producers in another county get zero payment for the same crop....More
  • Aug 25, 2015

    Farm program enrollment deadline is September 30

    Farm operators are facing one more important deadline for the ARC/PLC Farm Program for the 2014 and 2015 crop years. They need to enroll in the farm program for 2014 and 2015 at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office by Sept. 30, 2015, in order to be eligible for farm program payments for those two years....More
  • Aug 5, 2015

    Farmers' choice for farm programs

    Farm operators in Minnesota, Iowa, and other Midwestern states overwhelmingly selected the Agricultural Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) farm program choice for corn and soybeans for the 2014-2018 crop years....More
  • May 12, 2015

    Potential changes to actively engaged rules 1

    In late March, USDA announced some proposed revisions to the actively engaged rules that are designed to further clarify some of the definitions and rules surrounding the requirement for management in a farm operation. This could potentially restrict certain individuals that currently qualify for farm program payments from potentially having future farm program payment eligibility beginning with the 2016 crop year....More
  • Mar 10, 2015

    Less than a month to make decisions on new farm programs

    Most farm operators have been contemplating farm program choices for the new farm bill for the past 6-8 months; however, decision time has now arrived. Producers have until March 31, 2015, to complete their farm program choice at local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices....More

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