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  • Saving yields: Replant coverage offers a second chance for crops

    Kelsey Willardson, Policy Associate Center for Rural Affairs|Jun 12, 2024

    As planting season winds down, farmers impacted by adverse weather events this spring may find themselves concerned about future crop yields. According to the National Weather Service, May 2024 had the most severe weather in more than a decade, with thousands of thunderstorms and hundreds of tornados reported across the country. Because newly planted seeds are vulnerable until the plant has emerged and is well established, operations hit by severe weather could incur a significant loss of...

  • Changes to crop insurance regulations demonstrate support for conservation

    KELSEY WILLARDSON, Policy associate Center for Rural Affairs|Jan 31, 2024

    Crop insurance provides a safety net for farmers, protecting their operations from loss due to natural perils such as drought, frost, excess moisture, pest infestations or disease. While essential for many farmers, the rules regulating crop insurance have often been at odds with conservation practices. Thanks to recent changes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, the implementation of conservation practices supported by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service...

  • Underserved producers eligible for EQIP advanced payment option

    Kelsey Willardson, Policy Asssociate Center for Rural Affairs|Jun 16, 2022

    Implementing new conservation practices has many benefits for farms and ranches, but can sometimes be cost prohibitive for beginning, veteran, and socially disadvantaged producers. However, there are conservation programs that can help with those costs, even upfront. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, is one of the nation’s leading working lands conservation programs. EQIP helps producers i...

  • Taking conservation efforts to the next level with CSP enhancements

    Kelsey Willardson, Policy Associate Center for Rural Affairs|May 26, 2022

    Conservation efforts can be rewarding for farmers and lead to healthier soil and increased yields. Many of these efforts are supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program. CSP provides both financial and technical assistance to farmers for existing conservation efforts on working lands. There are also additional financial incentives for farmers to build on their existing conservation efforts. These incentives are a...