USDA Expands Fresh Market Beans Insurance Program to Florida

Clint ThompsonUSDA

VALDOSTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expanding the fresh market beans insurance program to two southern Florida counties: Hendry and Palm Beach. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) currently offers coverage in New York, North Carolina and Virginia. “Fresh market bean growers in Florida and stakeholders have asked for crop insurance,” said Davina Lee, director of RMA’s …

USDA Announces July Lending Rates for Farmers

Clint ThompsonUSDA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for July 2024, which became effective July 1, 2024. USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide access to capital to help producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures or meet cash flow needs.           “I encourage our lenders and borrowers alike to work with our …

USDA Seeks Nominees for Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

Clint ThompsonUSDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations from specialty crop stakeholders to serve on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). The deadline to submit nominations is Sept. 3, 2024. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint up to 25 individuals for two-year terms to succeed members whose terms will expire Oct. 28. Detailed information about the advisory …

Production for Top Five Fresh Vegetables Increased 2%

Clint ThompsonUSDA

The production of the top five fresh vegetables, not including potatoes, increased 2% from the prior season, though the national supply of fresh-market vegetables dropped by 1.2% in 2023, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service Situation and Outlook Report. The production increase was instigated by expansions in planted acreage, improved weather conditions and increased yields. Increases …

Farm Service Agency Seeking Nominations for Farmers to Serve on Local County Committees

Clint ThompsonUSDA

WASHINGTON – Nominations are currently being accepted for farmers and ranchers to serve on local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. These committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2024 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2024.     …

USDA Proposes Revising Section 8e Import Inspection Fee Structure for Fresh Fruits, Vegetables

Clint ThompsonUSDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing revisions to the regulations governing the inspection and certification of fresh fruits, vegetables and other products. These proposed changes include a per-pound fee structure for certain Section 8e import inspections; a minimum fee equivalent to a 2-hour charge computed at the current established hourly rate, whichever is greater; …

Vegetable Farms’ Earnings Surge By 82%

Clint ThompsonUSDA, Vegetables

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service Situation and Outlook Report, data from the 2022 Census of Agriculture showed a significant shift in the agricultural landscape. Though the total number of vegetable and melon farms reduced, real sales per operation experienced a surge of 82%, climbing from an average of approximately $280,000 in 2017 to more than …

APHIS Protects Domestic Fruit Production, Deregulates Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus in Fruit for Consumption

Clint ThompsonTomatoes, USDA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating and issuing a Federal Order designed to continue protecting the domestic pepper and tomato industries while safely deregulating tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV)-positive tomatoes and peppers for consumption. Under the new Federal Order, APHIS will maintain its strong safeguards for imported and domestic …

USDA Awards $50 Million to Support Farmworkers and Agricultural Employers

Clint ThompsonUSDA

PALISADE, Colo. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $50 million to 141 awardees in 40 states and Puerto Rico, through the Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Program (FLSP Program), reaching 177 unique agricultural operations and more than 11,000 workers. The awards will help improve the resiliency of the …

USDA Announces May 2024 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers

Clint ThompsonUSDA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced loan interest rates for May 2024, which became effective May 1, 2024. USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures or meet cash flow needs.          “I encourage our lenders and borrowers alike to …