FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce Confirms a General CRP SIgnup Coming- Likely in DecemberFri, 15 Nov 2019 04:39:18
Several top officials of the US Department of Agriculture were on hand for the annual Trade Talk event at the 2019 Convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters in Kansas City. One that Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays visited with was USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce. Hays was told by Fordyce that the latest trade war payment under the market facilitation program have been going out- and that FSA is close to getting those payments out the door. Fordyce offered confirmation that USDA is getting close to opening up a general CRP sign up- it appears that will be coming in December- the Conservation Reserve Program continues as one of the flagship conservation programs for USDA- even as the program has changed priorities over the years.
Fordyce adds “Farm bill implementation, disaster programs, whether they are stand alone or ad hock programs, WHIP program signup is ongoing..there are a lot of things happening right now in the farm service agency.”
Fordyce adds that the hemp program is also in the process of rolling out. Fordyce mentions that the hemp program implementation and regulation and oversight of the hemp program lies with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) but that they work closely together, “We have some pieces of that. For example, a hemp producer will make their acreage report with farm service agency. We will be able to take their acreage report, we’ll be able to capture their license, which is one thing that AMS said is a must. We will have some opportunities for some loans now for hemp producers. We will look at non-insured ag production coverage, which is our version of crop insurance, and that we will be able to offer some Nap coverage to hemp producers.”
Fordyce goes onto mention the farm storage facility loan program. Its original focus was on building grain bins but has been expanded quite a bit over the years to loan money on farm storage facility projects. Fordyce says they are always thinking, “What would be something unique to the hemp industry that we could add to that farm storage facility loan program?”
Hays and FSA Adminsitrator Richard Fordyce talk these issues and more. Listen to the complete interview by clicking below on the listen bar.
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