SPOKANE, Wash., Dec. 09, 2013 — USDA’s Risk Management Agency reminds producers of the fast approaching winter and spring sales closing dates for multiple peril crop insurance programs, whole farm insurance programs, the Adjusted Gross Revenue Pilot, and Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite. AGR and AGR-Lite cover most farm-raised crops, animals, and animal products.
Current policyholders and uninsured growers must make all of their decisions on crop insurance coverage before the sales closing date. If there is no coverage in a county for a specific crop under the traditional multiple peril crop insurance program, producers may ask a crop insurance agent whether they would be eligible for coverage under a written agreement.
Upcoming Sales Closing Dates
January 31, 2014 Last day to buy or change AGR insurance in select counties in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Last day to submit required documents to continue or change 2014 AGR-Lite insurance for existing policy holders.
February 3, 2014 Last day to buy or change crop insurance coverage for 2014 spring planted onions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and cabbage in Oregon and Washington.
March 17, 2014 Last day to buy or change all other spring seeded multiple peril crop insurance (excluding wheat in counties with fall and spring planted types). Last day to buy 2014 AGR-Lite insurance for new application/enrollment policies.
Producers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2014 crop year. Federal crop insurance program policies are sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance companies and agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA service centers throughout the United States or on the RMA website at www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents.
In the 2011-2013 Biennium, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Soil and Water Conservation Districts embarked on implementing pilot Focus Area projects to evaluate and document Oregon’s efforts to achieve the state’s goals for protecting and improving water quality. Please see the attached summary report for the 2011-2013 results. ODA pilot newsletter_Nov 18-1
WASHINGTON, DC—December 4, 2013—National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) President Earl Garber issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of an expanded partnership to support water quality trading and other market-based approaches that provide benefits to the environment and economy:
“NACD commends USDA and EPA for joining efforts to advance water-quality trading and ecosystem services. Conservation districts play a key role in current water trading processes, and we look forward to continuing to work closely USDA and EPA to expand upon and develop new opportunities in trading and other cost-effective solutions for nutrient reduction.
“Water-quality trading programs will be most successful when used in conjunction with current conservation incentive-programs that producers and landowners voluntarily utilize and trust. We thank USDA and EPA for their leadership and look forward to continued collaboration.”
According to USDA and EPA, the Department and the Agency will identify opportunities to work collaboratively to help improve water quality trading programs across the country through a number of joint efforts. The policy is intended to “support states, interstate agencies and tribes as they develop and implement water quality trading programs for nutrients, sediments and other pollutants where opportunities exist to achieve water quality improvements at reduced costs.”
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Merit announcement for a permanent Range Management Specialist, GS-454-11, is posted on USAJOBS for the period 11/13/13 – 11/26/13. Click here to view the announcement. There are two positions to be filled – one in Klamath Falls and the other in either John Day or Baker City.