A new study by Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, and the USDA, documents major sweeping declines in US agricultural biodiversity over the last 34 years, with an overall decline in some regions and only two regions showing any increases.
We started the Crop Hop three years ago, as a way to bring our community together to celebrate family farmers and farm advocates. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate here in the North Carolina Piedmont -- delicious food, talented local musicians, and a boot-stompin’ square dance -- sounds about right! Check out our new video for the event!
In recent years, some NC landowners have been presented with the opportunity to sign oil and gas leases, which give companies the right to conduct hydraulic fracturing (fracking). At the same time, lawmakers have debated the merits of active oil and gas industries in NC, leading to new laws and regulations governing the industries.
Today, the Risk Management Agency of the USDA announced major changes to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), including expanded access to beginning farmers and making the policy available in every state and county in the country. These changes will be effective starting in the 2016 crop year.
Last week, USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) approved changes to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) that will increase access to the program for beginning farmers and livestock farmers. These changes will be effective starting in the 2016 crop insurance year.
Today, we recognize the historic Pigford v. Glickman case (commonly referred as the Pigford case), a class action discrimination lawsuit led by Black farmers against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which remains the largest civil rights class action suit in US history.