NEWS
USDA Supports Smaller Farmers
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Mon Mar 10, 2014 02:31 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- USDA is emphasizing some of its programs to help smaller and mid-sized farmers and ranchers.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the support initiative Monday after speaking to members of the National Farmers Union at the group's annual meeting being held in Santa Fe, N.M. USDA rolled out the programs without characterizing what defines a small to mid-sized farmer or rancher.

Nearly 1.5 million farmers and ranchers reported farming fewer than 180 acres, according to the 2012 Ag Census, or more than 70% of all farm operations. More than 813,000 producers reported farming fewer than 50 acres.

Roger ...

Quick View
  • The New Dicamba At an event exhibiting the company's soon-to-arrive Dicamba-tolerant soybean trait, Monsanto repr...
  • Rates Too Low Too Long Discounted interest rates have led to unintended consequences in land values, a shortage of funds...
  • Center Pivots Take a Beating Severe storms in mid-June have damaged hundreds of center pivot irrigation systems in Nebraska al...
  • "Easy Money Times Over" Feeding the world population won't be as hard as expected over the next decade some experts forec...
  • A Hunger for High-Tech The Gruhlkey brothers of Wildorado, Texas, are using technology and thoughtful cropping choices t...
  • Clearing the Air EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told a group of agribusiness representatives that her agency want...
  • No More Outlaw Vets Veterinarians can start breathing a little easier now when they go to work, without the fear that...
  • Ask the Vet My vet diagnosed anaplaz and I've never heard of that.
Related News Stories
Ag Policy Blog
Senators Meet with McCarthy
Washington Insider -- Wednesday
Washington Insider -- Tuesday
Ag Policy Blog
Washington Insider
Washington Insider -- Monday
Vilsack Visits Drought-Hit California
McCarthy Talks CWA
Conservation Groups Defend Water Rule