Farm Policy News

Farm bill conversations: conservation

The Center for Rural Affairs wants to work with you to advocate for conservation in the upcoming 2018 farm bill!

Over the next few months we will share our farm bill priorities with you – beginning with conservation.

We need to protect funding and strengthen working lands conservation programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Ag-vocate talks conservation in Washington D.C.

Dustin Farnsworth flew to Washington D.C. this spring to speak with his lawmakers about the importance of conservation programs.

The farmer took part in a National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) “farmer fly-in,” joining growers from Oregon, Mississippi, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Alabama, and Georgia who talked important food and farm issues with their legislators.

Diversified Crops? There's an Insurance Program for That

An alternative to traditional farm insurance is catching the attention of the agricultural community in Iowa and throughout the Midwest. 

In farming - like investing - diversification is encouraged. But farmers who produce additional crops, like watermelons and sweet corn, have often found insurance to be lacking or nonexistent. 

Working in a farm successor as part of a retirement plan

Are you one of the many farmers without an identified farm successor? Purdue University says that's around 75 percent, and about half expect nonfamily members to take over. A gradual shift of responsibilities and ownership, plus an extended mentoring period, can help ensure the continued success of the farm business.

After checking out a candidate's experience and references, a short trial period with paid labor can be a good step. This probationary period can help both of you assess how well you work together, how your daily priorities match up, and how you deal with setbacks.

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