CARES Act for Agriculture

Last week, with sweeping majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) was passed in response to COVID-19 and the toll it has taken on the U.S. economy. President Trump signed the bill over the weekend, making it ready for implementation. With $2 Trillion worth…

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Essential Food & Agriculture Employee Form

COVID-19 has changed how much of the world operates over the past two weeks. But one thing that has not changed is the considerable workload that farmers face this time of year. Last week, with encouragement from many national grower associations, including the American Soybean Association, the Department of Homeland Security declared agriculture as a…

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Long-Awaited Trade News for Ag Community

This week the agriculture community had two major victories in trade with the signing of the China Phase 1 deal and Congress’ passing of USMCA. The House of Representatives passed USMCA 385-41 in December before they left for recess after over a year of back and forth negotiations. The Senate was able to take up…

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USDA Announces WHIP+

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that producers who have been affected by 2018 & 2019 natural disasters will now be able to apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). The program’s creation was authorized by the Supplemental Relief Act of 2019 passed by Congress and signed by…

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Soybeans on the Hill

Five growers from NC made the trip to Washington, DC this week to spend time with the state’s Representatives and Senators. The trip was a part of the American Soybean Association’s summer board meeting that included a day of Capitol Hill visits. NC’s ASA Representative Jimmy Thomas, NCSPA Secretary Gary Hendrix, NC SoyPAC Chair Michael…

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Long Awaited Federal Disaster Aid & 2019 NC Farm Act

$19.1 Billion Approved for Federal Disaster Aid President Trump signed the $19.1 billion federal disaster bill after the House of Representatives was finally able to pass it through (354-58) this week. The bill failed three times in the past several weeks while the House was not in session (the House majority was looking for a unanimous vote). The approval of the…

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Trade Aid for Farmers Impacted by Tariffs

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced yesterday that USDA will be assisting farmers in response to the continued toll that the tariffs have taken on the industry. The administration authorized $16 billion in aid programs that will be overseen by USDA while they continue to work on trade relations. The dollar amount is an estimate…

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Beans on Capitol Hill

Growers from N.C. took on Capitol Hill again last week to advocate for farmers and key agricultural issues in the state. Six board members made the trip to the nation’s Capital including Jimmy Thomas, Jeff Tyson, Greg Manning, Chris Naylor, and Michael McPherson. Angela Berben had been a participant in the American Soybean Association’s Leadership…

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Calculating Hurricane Disaster Payments

Since January 30th, NCDA & CS has processed 70% of the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018 applications and more than $54.8 million in payments have been sent out across North Carolina disaster-declared counties. If you are unsure of the status of your application, you can check it by following this link to the…

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2nd Round of MFP Payments

Secretary of Agriculture Sunny Perdue has announced that the President approved the second round of payments on the Market Facilitation Program  (MFP) that is designed to lessen the effect felt by tariffs from China. President Trump tweeted out saying “Today I am making good on my promise to defend our farmers’ and ranchers from unjustified trade…

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Urgent: Ask Congress to Renew Tax Incentive

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is urging Congress to act before the end of this year and provide a multiyear extension of the expired biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. NBB is respectfully asking Congress, at a minimum, to extend the tax incentive for 2018 and 2019. Congress must approve remaining appropriations bills or a…

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