Val Dolcini, administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) commented today updating USDA plans to extend the deadline for election of the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs and the opportunity to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres. The deadline for both actions was schedule to end next Tuesday, March 31, but has been extended to April 7, 2015.
Read the USDA release on the deadline extension.
Farmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.
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The Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit was double the size it was last year and attendees got information on a variety of topics from new mechanization to regulation updates.
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week from Florida includes reports from the recent HLB Grower Day and UAV Applications in Agriculture Workshop held at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
While they may be healthy to eat – flowers also come with their own warning labels. Cathy Isom finishes up her series on edible flowers by filling us in on what experts say you need to know before you grow.
Meetings on March 31st and April 1st
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will focus on agricultural trade and workforce immigration issues at its upcoming meetings in Tijuana (March 31st) and San Diego (April 1st). California is the largest agricultural producer and exporter in the nation and these meetings will focus on agricultural trade as well as cross-border cooperation with Mexican counterparts on agricultural immigration issues.
The Board’s meeting Learn more on the meetings and locations. →
The theme of California Ag Day at the State Capitol last week was “Breaking New Ground,” with soil health a key focal point. During the event, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross took a moment to discuss the issue with “Sammy Soil,” who appeared on behalf of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Check out the video. →
In today’s report we have the Fluid Milk and Cream Review, the California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report, the California Grain Report (.pdf) and the end of the day market numbers for other commodities.
Fluid Milk and Cream Review
Farm milk production in California is mixed. Some processors report the trend toward higher weekly intakes has plateaued. Other processors indicate milk intakes are steady. Some Central milk loads are clearing into California and pushing intake volumes closer to capacity. In general, in-state milk intakes are Check the full report and ending market prices. →
Kiwanis Club of Tulare honors Jimi Valov with the 55th annual Tulare County Farmer of the Year.
“State-led mandatory food labeling initiatives mislead consumers about the safety of GM foods, even though there is no credible evidence linking a food-safety or health risk to the consumption of GM foods. These state labeling initiatives mask the benefits of biotechnology in food production and can lead to decreased food supplies. Creating a national labeling standard will give consumers the information they need while avoiding the unnecessary confusion and added cost of a patchwork of state laws.