Insurance Guarantees Highest in Years
Friday, February 26, 2021 5:36PM CST
At $4.58 and $11.87 per bushel, the spring crop insurance guarantees provide farmers the best price protection since 2014 for corn and 2013 for soybeans.
Trade Barriers, Opportunities Discussed
Friday, February 26, 2021 5:35PM CST
The hearing for Katherine Tai, the president's nominee for U.S. Trade ambassador, hearing comes as trade deals and negotiations reached under the Trump administration have set the table for record agricultural exports in fiscal year 2021, which USDA forecasts at $157 billion.
Secretary Vilsack Lays Out Early Agenda
Friday, February 26, 2021 3:59PM CST
USDA will extend enrollment for the latest round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Additional Assistance, dubbed CFAP-AA. Signup will continue, though payments under the program remain frozen. Trade and filling vacancies at USDA agencies are also areas that will draw attention, newly sworn-in Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
Attention Turns to CFAP Aid
Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:57PM CST
With Iowa's former governor returning as Agriculture secretary, the Iowa congressional delegation wants USDA to include custom cattle feeders in any new changes for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Some aid payments under the program that were approved last month by outgoing Secretary Sonny Perdue are still under review by the Biden administration.