Organic Farmers Association Announces 2019 Policy Priorities

OrganicFarmersAssociatioKutztown, PA, June 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --Organic Farmers Association (OFA), a national policy association committed to providing a strong and unified voice for domestic certified organic farmers, recently announced their 2019 policy platform. To view the policy priority details, visit Organic Farmers Association’s policy priorities serve as an outline of the advocacy the organization will conduct in Washington, D.C., representing organic farmers on a national level. Policy priorities approved by OFA farmer members in 2019 include increased support for beginning farmer and market development, streamlined crop insurance requirements, and dedicated funding for organic public seeds and breeds

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RMA Announces Change to Haying and Grazing Date for Prevented Planting Acres Planted to a Cover Crop


WASHINGTON, June 20, 2019 – Farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than November this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring.

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Dairy Margin Coverage Sign-up Begins June 17

Dairy farmers can enroll in the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program at their local Farm Service Agency office beginning June 17. Enrollment ends September 30.

The DMC program, enacted with the 2018 farm bill, is being promoted as a better, more effective program for farmers—or at least those with fewer than 250 cows--to protect milk/feed margins. Through the first three months of 2019, DMC will pay out an average of $1.15/cwt for $9.50 coverage. The premium for that coverage for Tier 1 production (up to 5 million pounds annual) is 15¢/cwt.

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Agricultural Clean Water Initiative Program Funding Available

Up To $500K will Support Vermont Clean Water Goals

June 19, 2019 | Montpelier VT -

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to release a round of funding for the Agricultural Clean Water Initiative Program (Ag CWIP) to support agricultural water quality programs that address Vermont water quality. Local and regional partners play a vital role in the education, outreach, and technical assistance for farmers as well as verification of conservation practices that will achieve reductions in nutrient runoff from agricultural operations. Additionally, partners provide a critical link between state agency programs, federal agency programs and landowners.
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