$240 Million for Ag Disaster Program

Yesterday, the NC General Assembly passed the Hurricane Florence Supplemental Act (SB 823)  which included $240 million for the NCDA Ag Disaster Program. The bill was passed unanimously by both chambers and is now on its way to Governor Cooper’s desk for final approval. Farmers with damage from Tropical Storm Michael may also be eligible for disaster assistance from the…

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2017 Double-Crop Insurance Changes

Effective in 2017: The following change from USDA Risk Management Agency has been made regarding the double-crop indemnity provisions in crop insurance. For more information and the full website with FAQs visit the link here: http://www.rma.usda.gov/help/faq/doublecropping.html Frequently Asked Questions Double Cropping Revision and Practical to Replant Jun 22, 2016 Q: What is double cropping? A: Planting and harvesting two or…

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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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Ask EPA to Raise RFS Volumes

EPA is currently accepting comments on its proposed 2019 Renewable Fuel Standards and 2020 Biomass-based Diesel Volume. The deadline for submitting comments is August 17. You can send a quick comment to EPA by clicking here at: NBB’s Fueling Action Center.

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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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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China’s Proposed Tariffs & NC Growers

As you know, this week has been filled with news regarding the proposed tariffs from both the U.S. and China.  We assure you that prior to these announcements, state and national soybean associations were already working hard to educate influencers and lawmakers in D.C. about the potential effects on the agricultural industry. This week, your NCSPA…

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EPA Concludes Gylphosate Does Not Cause Cancer

The EPA has made a preliminary finding that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans – but the agency isn’t ready to go public yet. The EPA briefly posted to the regulatory docket Monday and then pulled down an October 2015 final report from its Cancer Assessment Review Committee, which is made of up…

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EPA Public Comment Period for Dicamba

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicited public comments on the registration of Monsanto’s new dicamba formulation premixed with glyphosate to use in Monsanto’s Xtend trait systems in soybean and cotton. Although in commercial use for years, the use of dicamba in Monsanto’s Xtend seed trait system requires a new, separate registration. The public comment period is open from Apr.1 – May 31. Public…

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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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