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1.2014 Farm Bill Stakeholder meetings
The United States Department of Agriculture has planned a series of meetings to give out information about the farm bill implementation process.
Each meeting, held in Washington, D.C., over the next three weeks will focus on a specific topic.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined some goals from an earlier stakeholder meeting he held. They include making available disaster assistance relief for losses dating back to 2011, making credit more easily available to new farms, and establishing the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.
Below is the full schedule:
- March 11, 9:30 am - Local & Regional Food Systems with multiple USDA agencies
- March 11, 3:00 pm - Natural Resources Conservation Service
- March 12, 2:00 pm - Research, Education and Economics Mission Area,
- March 12, 4:00 pm - Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Mission Area
- March 13, 10:00 am - Food Safety Mission Area
- March 13, 1:00 pm - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Animal Welfare Stakeholders by teleconference
- March 13, 2:00 pm - Rural Economic Development, Rural Development Mission Area
- March 13, 2:30 pm - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service General Listening Session by teleconference
- March 13, 3:30 pm - Energy and the Bioeconomy with multiple USDA agencies
- March 13, 4:00 pm - Office of Advocacy and Outreach, Room 108-A, Whitten
- March 17, 1:00 pm - U.S. Forest Service Listening Session by webinar and teleconference
- March 27, 9:00 am - Joint Farm Service Agency/Risk Management Agency Listening Session, USDA Jefferson Auditorium
2.USDA Crop Production report release Monday
Coming up this Monday, a new round of agriculture forecasts for the U.S. and every major agricultural country will be released. This time of year, most of the action is in the Southern Hemisphere.
“We’ll be looking very, very closely at the situation in Brazil,” said USDA Outlook board Chairman Gerry Bange. “We know that there have been areas of very, very dry weather in Brazil. I’m not saying that that’s going to affect production forecasts tremendously, if at all. That remains for the committee to determine, but clearly, we’ve seen reports of that and we’ll have to examine that in closer detail to see if any changes are warranted.”
Brazil is a major competitor with the U.S. for export sales of beans and corn. Meanwhile, there are other South American situations affecting exports.
“We know that there are still issues in Argentina with regard to currency issues there,” BAnge said.
Farmers are holding on to crops rather than selling them to export for very low-valued currency.
The new export forecasts will be released Monday at noon.
This report is from our partners at the USDA.
3. National Farmers Union annual Conference
The National Farmers Union Annual Conference wraps up this week in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is set to address the conference Monday morning.
Organizers planned some seminars covering topics that include food co-ops, social security and helping veterans farm.
The conference opened on Saturday with a State of the Farmers Union address.
The organization has posted conference updates on Twitter with the hashtag #NFU2014.
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