A North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality study released in November 2015 recommends a 60 percent forced pooling threshold and claims the State currently has authority to force pool landowners at much lower thresholds.
Organic farming has become one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture. The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recognizes organic farming practices as good ones, and continues to improve crop insurance for organic producers and producers transitioning to organic. Regulations governing the insurability of organic and transitional practices are generally the same as conventional.
This week, USDA updated its microloan program to include farm ownership loans, which can help beginning farmers own farmland for the first time. Farmland ownership is a big step and takes planning, sometimes many years of planning, but the USDA farm ownership microloan program can help you make it happen.
With much of the South expecting moderate to heavy snow and ice this weekend, make sure you and your farm is prepared for the worst, should it happen. Please note: This information is updated for programs current to January 2016.
Steve Sifford of Alamance County, North Carolina received a grant through RAFI's Agricultural Reinvestment Fund in 2015 to add the necessary infrastructure for raising rabbits including building hutches and shade structures. Read more about Steve's story here.
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