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Recent posts by Anna Johnson

Packing plant companies’ actions hurt farmers and workers

The Center for Rural Affairs is committed to helping our local business partners cope with the economic impact of COVID-19. It’s part of our mission to build prosperous, healthy, and inclusive communities. And, it’s the right thing to do.

Long an important part of rural communities, scrutiny on meatpacking plant companies has intensified as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Crop insurance: Taking a Look at Access in Iowa and Nebraska

Family farms are the backbone of rural communities in the Midwest. Farms rely on sound risk management options and practices, and federal crop insurance is a central tool for many farms to manage risk. However, crop insurance is not available to all farms and ranches. While there is a wide diversity of crops and livestock produced in the United States, the top four covered by crop insurance are corn, wheat, soybeans, and cotton. In 2019, of the $109.6 billion of liability insured across all federal crop insurance policies, these four crops represented $80.8 billion of that total.

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How to apply for new CFAP program - what grain and livestock producers need to know

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened up applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which offers producers of many commodities payments if they experienced a price decrease between set dates in January and April, or were unable to market their crops or livestock. For farmers and ranchers who haven’t yet looked into whether the program will be helpful to their operation, here are a few things to know.

Your view: Safeguards needed so farms of all sizes can access federal assistance

From major weather events to trade wars, our country’s farmers and ranchers are no strangers to adversity. 

Today, like many others in the world, farmers and ranchers are facing a time of uncertainty as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic. 

Still reeling from the impacts of several years of low commodity prices, the coronavirus pandemic is now impacting agriculture on all sides and in all sizes of operation. Sobering reports keep rolling in. Commodity and beef prices dropping.