Weekly Column

Crop insurance supports on-farm diversity

Farmers and ranchers have one thing in common: the need to manage risk, from weather, markets, or other forces. 

Crop insurance can be a useful tool for farmers and ranchers in managing risk. But, while crop insurance is readily available for major crops like corn and soybeans, many farmers and ranchers could benefit from learning about risk management options for more niche crops.

Farmers count on neighbors to shop at markets

Some family farms have been feeding our neighbors for more than 100 years, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Katie Jantzen is one such farmer. The fifth generation on her family farm, she grows produce, some of it to sell at farmers markets.

Farmers markets stimulate local economies, increase access to fresh, healthy food, promote sustainable farming practices that protect our water and soil, and preserve our farmland. However, none of these benefits are possible without farmers like Katie.

Enroll in Conservation Reserve Programs by Aug. 23

Farmers and ranchers with expiring contracts with the Conservation Reserve Program, or who are interested in enrolling land in the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) should take note of an upcoming deadline. The U.S. Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency has announced the deadline to enroll in either the Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentive Program (CRP-TIP) or CCRP is set for Aug. 23, 2019.

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