USDA Launches Second Round of Trade Mitigation Payments

USDA Launches Second Round of Trade Mitigation Payments

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today launched the second and final round of trade mitigation payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Producers of certain commodities will now be eligible to receive Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for the second half of their 2018 production.

Finalists for Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award Selected

Finalists for Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award Selected

Three finalists have been selected for the prestigious 2018 Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award®.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes farmers, ranchers and foresters who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land.

In Oklahoma the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Noble Research Institute, the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, and ITC Holdings Corp.

USDA Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers

USDA Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers

The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement is soliciting applications for the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers. This committee will deliberate upon advice and recommendations to submit to the Secretary for consideration on matters broadly affecting minority farmers and equitable access to USDA programs and services. The deadline to apply will be extended to November 15, 2018. All previous applications submitted will be considered.

Find more information here.

Upstream Flood Control Dams Mitigate Historic Flooding

Upstream Flood Control Dams Mitigate Historic Flooding

Historic flooding occurred throughout South Central Oklahoma on Friday, September 21, 2018. The Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) extends their sincere sorrow to those affected by the floods.

“These floods were devastating,” said OCC Executive Director Trey Lam. “The full extent of the damage to the land and the loss of property and livestock will not be fully known for some time. However, due to OCC’s partnership with USDA-NRCS and the funding we received from the State of Oklahoma, we know the losses are not as catastrophic as they could have been thanks to our upstream flood control dams.”

USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Trade Retaliation

USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Trade Retaliation

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with  World Trade Organization obligations.

The following programs will assist agricultural producers to meet the costs of disrupted markets:

NRCS Conservation Roadtrip: Making a Difference in Oklahoma

NRCS Conservation Roadtrip: Making a Difference in Oklahoma

OACD President Jimmy Emmons is featured on the NRCS ConservationRoadtrip!

Jimmy is a third-generation farmer and rancher from Leedey, OK, President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and winner of the Leopold Conservation Award. He is passionate about sharing the importance of soil health, speaking to farmers and conservation groups across Oklahoma on the subject.

On his own land, he implemented many conservation and soil health practices: no-till, crop rotations, cover crops and planned grazing management. He was one of the first in his area to use pollinator strips and companion crops to control pests and provide habitat for pollinators. Not only is this good for the soil and pollinators, but it also reduces his overhead costs on insecticide.

Read more about Jimmy, a farmer, rancher and leading voice in conservation efforts in Oklahoma.