Farm Bureau asks members to contact Congress on broadband expansion

Farm Bureau asks members to contact Congress on broadband expansion

Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) is encouraging members to contact the state’s Congressional delegation to support two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing broadband expansion in rural communities.

“Alongside the American Farm Bureau Federation, we’re asking Congress to support the Eliminating Barriers to Rural Internet Development Grant Eligibility (EBRIDGE) Act, which has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act in the U.S. House,” said John Kran, MFB’s national legislative counsel.

  • Aug 09, 2021
Funding aims to help heirs resolve land succession issues

Funding aims to help heirs resolve land succession issues

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $67 million in competitive loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program (HPRP), which aims to help agricultural producers and landowners resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues. 

  • Jul 30, 2021
Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands sign-up open

Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands sign-up open

To enroll in the CRP Grasslands sign-up, producers and landowners should contact their local USDA Service Center by the Aug. 20 deadline.

  • Jul 28, 2021
Opportunities persist for the biggest midwest hop state

Opportunities persist for the biggest midwest hop state

“The most hops Michigan has ever grown we have planted right now and we really kind of pale in comparison to what they have out west,” he says.  “The last USDA survey that was in 2020 showed that there are about 670 acres of hops in Michigan.”

  • Jul 21, 2021
Succession Planning is a Crucial Component to Risk Management

Succession Planning is a Crucial Component to Risk Management

University of Missouri livestock economist Scott Brown says succession planning is a crucial risk management tool for farms and ranches wanting to pass their operations from one generation to the next.  “Too many people are postponing it, not wanting to have hard conversations,” he says. 

  • Jul 19, 2021
Year-round H2A Policy Moves Forward

Year-round H2A Policy Moves Forward

The U.S. House Appropriation Committee has approved a bipartisan amendment that could provide a temporary year-round H-2A guest worker solution.

  • Jul 16, 2021
USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses

USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses

Livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals. 

  • Jul 14, 2021
Generational Transfer Tax Law changes – could you be impacted?

Generational Transfer Tax Law changes – could you be impacted?

The proposed tax law changes have, at many times, been presented as only impacting the wealthy. That said, they may have positive or negative impact on agricultural producers; it’s definitely complicated!

There are also significant proposals being floated to change estate tax laws — including Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 99.5 Percent Act and a Democratic Coalition proposal called the Sensible Taxation and Equity Promotion (STEP) Act.

  • Jul 13, 2021
FASHION LABEL CHANEL COMMITS ANCHOR INVESTMENT OF $25M FOR THE LANDSCAPE RESILIENCE FUND

FASHION LABEL CHANEL COMMITS ANCHOR INVESTMENT OF $25M FOR THE LANDSCAPE RESILIENCE FUND

French fashion label Chanel has committed $25 million as an anchor investment in The Landscape Resilience Fund (LRF) – a new climate adaptation fund looking to raise $100 million by 2025 to support sustainable agriculture, protect forests, and to support smallholder farmers in developing countries. 

  • Jun 29, 2021
USDA to invest $10M to support climate-smart agriculture and forestry

USDA to invest $10M to support climate-smart agriculture and forestry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $10 million to support climate-smart agriculture and forestry through voluntary conservation practices . . .  in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin can apply for this funding opportunity. Each state will determine its own signup period, with signups expected to begin on or around June 24 in most states.

  • Jun 29, 2021