Farm Bill 2014 – What it Means for Beginning Farmers for the Next 5 Years

This post is the second of three in-depth analysis pieces on the bill and how it will affect you.  Farmers on their way to meetings with legislators to push for a fair farm bill. Last week, after we shared the news that the new farm bill passed, we delved into a three-part series breaking the bill down and what its impact will be over the next five years.  (The bill is scheduled to expire in 2018).  We started out talking about some concerns with... Read More

Tell me more about… the Conservation Stewardship Program

This is a part of a blog series on different federal programs in the USDA and how they affect the average beginning farmer.  As we work towards improving legislation and pushing for reform in the Farm Bill, we decided to create these quick tutorial pages to act as a reference.  Let us know if there is a particular program that you’d like us to write about next! Vegetated Buffer Strips – photo courtesy of NRCS The Conservation Stewardship... Read More

USDA Conservation Programs: Are They Working for New Farmers?

A recent release of information on funding allocations of two of the USDA’s major land conservation programs highlights the role that those two sources play in providing funding for beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged farmers, and limited resource farmers.  The two programs, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), both are administered by the USDA’s Natural Resouces... Read More