Farm Policy News

Federal programs assist rural Nebraskans

The Center for Rural Affairs pursues a mission to establish strong rural communities. We have been able to provide support for rural residents to start or expand existing businesses through grant, loan and training programs, to implement conservation practices on their farms and ranches, and to access proper lines credit with the help of federal programs. 

Corporate farming notes

Bayer, maker of the widely used herbicide Roundup, will pay $10 billion to settle tens of thousands of claims filed by consumers alleging a link between their use of Roundup and their cancer, most notably non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Claimants will receive between $5,000 and $250,000 each, depending on the strength of their case. The company admits no wrongdoing in the settlement.

Cuando trabaje con una agencia del USDA, asegúrese de solicitar un recibo de servicio

La pandemia COVID-19 ha estimulado el desarrollo de nuevos servicios, lo que significa que algunos agricultores y productores pueden estar interactuando por primera vez con las agencias del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA, por sus siglas en Inglés).

Oficinas, como la Agencia de Servicios Agrícolas (FSA, por sus siglas en Inglés), el Servicio de Conservación de Recursos Naturales (NRCS, por sus siglas en Inglés) y el Desarrollo Rural, tienen muchos programas que pueden ser útiles para los agricultores, incluidos los programas de asistencia financiera para la conservación, préstamos para agricultores principiantes y solicitudes de financiamiento a través del Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP, por sus siglas en Inglés ), que se estableció para ayudar a los agricultores y productores que sufrió una disminución de precios, o no han podido comercializar sus cosechas o ganado debido al COVID-19.

When working with a USDA agency be sure to request a receipt for service

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the development of new services, which means some farmers and producers may be interacting with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies for the first time.

Offices, such as the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rural Development, have many programs that can be helpful to farmers, including cost-share conservation programs, beginning farmer loans and applications for funding through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which set up to assist farmers and producers who have experienced a price decrease, or were unable to market their crops or livestock due to COVID-19.

Not all farm foods covered by federal COVID-19 payment plan

Farmers can start applying for emergency aid approved by Congress in response to COVID-19. But federal agriculture officials aren't ready to cover all commodities just yet.

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program includes $19 billion in funding, most of which will cover payments to farmers who can show their bottom line has been adversely affected by the increasingly volatile market.

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