Friday, November 30, 2012

Just in from Washington



America’s Farm Bill is Worth Doing Right  
Washington--“An old proverb states that a job worth doing is a job worth doing well,” wrote AFBF President Bob Stallman on  The Hill’s Congress blog on Wednesday. 

Stallman went on to note, “Our farm bill and all it offers our nation as an engine for commerce, a safety net for all Americans facing economic hardship and as a spur to greater environmental stewardship is a task worth doing right. Make no mistake, whether the 112th Congress completes this job in the form of a bipartisan comprehensive five-year plan or simply kicks the can down the road with a stop-gap extension, its handling of the farm bill process will likely help decide its legacy and the future of our food system.” 

Stallman also pointed out that an extension farm bill only raises more questions than it answers. He also said that farmers are proud stewards of the land and our vital natural resources, but Congress’ failure to act has put a stop to many important environmental efforts and planning.  

In closing, Stallman asked, “When it comes to the food system of our country as well as consumers’ and taxpayers’ pocketbooks to help pay for that food system, isn’t the farm bill worth doing right?”  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Trade news


U.S., Mexico to screen produce before border

San Diego--To speed up trade with Mexico the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are negotiating with Mexican officials to screen  fresh produce and other commodities in Mexico instead of at the U.S. border.
The first screening facility was built at the Mexican port of entry city Otay Mesa said Joanne Ferreira, a CBP spokeswoman.
The first phase of the project would be a pilot only, Ferreira said. A timeline for when it could begin has not been established, she said.
Even if the pre-screening facility in Mexico is used, CBP would retain the authority to inspect cargo at the port of entry, Ferreira said.
The pilot is part of CBP’s 21st Century Border Management Initiative, designed to more efficiently process the increasing volume of trade between the U.S. and Mexico.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012



Who's Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff?
By Jan C. Ting
Washington--The "fiscal cliff" is a confluence of three legal changes taking effect Jan. 1: the expiration of a payroll-tax cut, the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, and the advent of mandatory spending cuts known as "sequestration." Many commentators have expressed concern that unless Congress intervenes by the new year, the economy will suffer significantly. But I don't think going "off the cliff" is the worst thing that could happen.

First, the payroll-tax cut is going to expire in any event. The tax was lowered for 2011 and 2012 as a means of temporary economic stimulus. But there is bipartisan agreement that it should be restored to pre-2011 levels to adequately fund Social Security. No crisis here.

Next, the so-called Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 were enacted partly as temporary responses to the recession triggered by the collapse of the Internet bubble and the Sept. 11 attacks. The Republican sponsors of the cuts agreed to let them expire at the end of 2010. Then, as that deadline approached, President Obama and Republicans agreed to extend the cuts for two more years, until the end of 2012. Obama campaigned on allowing the cuts to expire only for households earning $250,000 or more, while Republicans advocate making all the Bush income- and estate-tax cuts permanent.Finally, as part of last year's agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling, Congress pledged to cut spending by $1.2 trillion over 10 years. It agreed that if neither a congressional "supercommittee" nor Congress itself could designate the cuts by the end of 2012, they would happen automatically, divided evenly between defense and non-defense spending. These automatic cuts are known as sequestration.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke coined the worrisome phrase "fiscal cliff" to describe the consequences if Congress fails to act by Dec. 31, allowing all the tax cuts to expire and sequestration to begin. But it's not the worst-case scenario.

It would be worse if Congress extended all the Bush tax cuts and repealed its commitment to cut spending. That would ensure that the government's $1 trillion annual budget deficit would continue to accelerate, and the $16 trillion national debt would continue to expand.

The reality is that it's very difficult for elected officials who want to be reelected to cut spending or raise taxes. But the U.S. government must cut spending and raise taxes to reduce deficits and slow the growth of the debt. It is irresponsible and dangerous to burden future generations with our spending.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Just in from Washington



Stewardship, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Farming Urged

WASHINGTON – The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased with the outcome of a year-long discussion of the Agriculture Department’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture on ways to promote coexistence in agriculture. The AC21 presented its report to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to be used as guidance to enhance working relationships among farmers growing different types of crops, specifically biotech and non-biotech crops.
In 2011, Vilsack tasked the AC21 with providing recommendations for strengthening coexistence among various agricultural production methods. American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Barry Bushue, a member of the AC21, said the report’s recommendations could benefit all of agriculture.
The AC21 report highlights the importance of diversity in U.S. agriculture and the history of successful coexistence in identity-preserved markets, whereby production practices maintain each crop’s integrity and purity.
“Finding ways to work together to serve specialty, high-value markets is one of the greatest strengths of the U.S. agriculture industry,” said Bushue.
“As American farmers continue to innovate, I am optimistic that our recommendations can help identify coexistence practices where they are working, improve stewardship where needed and mitigate much of the underlying concerns about the real and perceived risks related to coexistence,” continued Bushue, noting that the committee’s report emphasizes proactive grower outreach and education.
The AC21 also explored the idea of compensation to address economic losses by farmers whose crop value may be reduced by the unintended presence of biotechnology but determined that a compensation mechanism isn’t necessary or justified at this time.
“I’m pleased our committee carefully weighed the evidence, listened to the needs of growers and choose to emphasize improved stewardship and neighbor-to-neighbor coexistence,” said Bushue.
To read the full AC21 report, click here.

Monday, November 26, 2012

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EPA Partners with Universities to Reduce Food Waste
Washington--EPA is partnering with universities in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas to reduce food waste as part of the agency’s national Food Recovery Challenge. The goals of this voluntary program are to limit the 34 million tons of food wasted nationwide annually by reducing unnecessary consumption and increasing composting and donations to charity. By joining the Food Recovery Challenge, participating schools pledge to reduce food waste by 5 percent in one year. Every university and college is invited to join the Food Recovery Challenge, with several institutions already participating.

Food accounts for 25 percent of all waste sent to landfills nationwide—more than any other single material. In addition to using landfill space and the energy needed for transport, food waste becomes a significant source of greenhouse gas by giving off methane as it decomposes. EPA is also working with grocery stores, entertainment venues, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, convention centers and federal facilities to reduce food waste.

Friday, November 23, 2012


Newsline: House Passes Russia PNTR During Lame Duck

Washington--In Monday’s Newsline, David Salmonsen, American Farm Bureau Federation trade specialist, explained why passage of permanent normal trade relations is such a big deal to farmers and ranchers. 

“Right now the U.S. exports over $1.5 billion a year in ag products to Russia,” Salmonsen said. “There’s certainly a lot of room for growth there. Russia is over a $30 billion a year food importer and growing all the time.”

Thursday, November 22, 2012


EPA Denies Renewable Fuels Standard Waiver Requests
Washington--The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced the agency has not found evidence to support a finding of severe “economic harm” that would warrant granting a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard. According to an announcement on EPA’s website, the decision is based on economic analyses and modeling done in conjunction with the Agriculture and Energy Departments.

On average, waiving the mandate would only reduce corn prices by approximately 1 percent, according studies done in conjunction with USDA. Economic analyses of impacts in the energy sector, conducted with DOE, showed that waiving the mandate would not affect household energy costs.

Farm Bureau submitted comments to EPA urging that the agency not grant requests to lift the RFS.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


WSJ Op-ed: Consumers Reject Government as Food Dictator
New York--In an op-ed in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Jayson Lusk, a professor of agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University, said that the same consumers who are using their spending power to encourage growers and retailers to produce “better-tasting, more-nutritious produce” have no interest in the government dictating what they buy and eat. 

“So, what was the food movement that failed earlier this month? The one that wants the coercive power of the state to strong-arm Americans into eating fashionably,” Lusk wrote. “It is the movement that refuses to acknowledge the hard work of the vast majority of American farmers—Urvashi Rangan of the Consumers Union says that farmers' fertilizers ‘rape the soil’—simply because they cannot make a living selling the stuff that the food elite think we all should eat.”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Just in...


House Approves Permanent Normal Trade Relations for Russia

Washington--The House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia, on a 365-43 vote. The vote ensures the U.S. benefits from Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization and remains competitive in that market. Farm Bureau has long urged approval of this critical legislation.

“America’s farmers and ranchers will have more certain and predictable market access as a result of Russia’s commitment not to raise tariffs on any products above the negotiated rates and to apply international food safety standards in a uniform and transparent manner,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. “Russia’s membership in the WTO will provide significant commercial opportunities for U.S. agriculture, including increased sales of poultry, pork and beef,” he said.

Farm Bureau urges the Senate to swiftly approve companion legislation granting PNTR to Russia.

Monday, November 19, 2012



Walmart Prices its Own Thanksgiving Meal Using AFBF Survey

Fort Smith--Using AFBF’s Thanksgiving survey, Wal-Mart annually runs a comparison on a meal for 10 using items purchased from the superstore. This year, Walmart found that while Americans will pay $49.48 on average (according to the AFBF survey), Walmart shoppers will save more than 25 percent for the same Thanksgiving meal, spending $36.72 nationally.

Friday, November 16, 2012



Proposition 37 Shot Down in California
 by Frank Priestley, Idaho Farm Bureau President

A ballot proposition requiring labeling of genetically modified food, assumed by many as a slam-dunk, was given a thumbs down by California voters recently, leaving backers of the dubious idea scratching their heads.
Prop. 37 proponents from all over the country are now regrouping for their next onslaught on our food supply. The fact that they can’t prove there is any difference between the sugar, corn, or soy, that comes from a genetically engineered seed and the sugar, corn or soy that comes from traditional seeds makes no difference – to them.
When you drill down to the farm level on this issue, biotech crops have become very important to say the least.  Biotech corn and soybeans have made up a significant portion of the U.S. harvest since 1995. Biotech sugarbeets now make up 95 percent of the total crop. Corn and soybean percentages are similar. Before they were introduced, the crops were evaluated by various federal agencies and deemed safe for human consumption with no discernible differences from conventional crops. But is there a risk? History suggests otherwise.
In addition to increased yields, biotech crops eliminate the need for multiple applications of weed-killing chemicals. Biotech crops are engineered to withstand application of glyphosate, a multi-spectrum herbicide. What this means is farmers using biotech seeds are able to apply glyphosate to kill both broadleaf weeds and grasses. The chemical blocks the photosynthetic process of the weeds – in effect killing them by eliminating their ability to process sunlight, without harming the crop in production. This technology has saved farmers millions of dollars while at the same time drastically reduced the amount of chemical herbicide needed to bring a crop to harvest.
So biotech crops are good for farmers and good for the environment too. But what is the benefit to consumers? Better yields equals more food available to feed a growing population. A ready supply of commodities also keeps grocery prices affordable.
Should food that contains biotechnology be labeled? It’s an interesting question. California voters took Prop. 37 down by a 53 to 47 percent margin despite polling data that showed 91 percent of Americans support labeling food that comes from biotech crops. This is an important vote because California is a bellwether state, is the country’s most populous state and is the top producer of agriculture products in the nation.
Supporters of Prop. 37 argued that consumers have a right to know what is in the food they eat, which is a point well taken. But the fact of the matter is the food is the same whether it contains biotechnology or not. In addition, the cost of labeling food packaging increases the overall cost of the food. California voters decided it wasn’t an expense worth paying for. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012



Moscow--The U of I Collegiate chapter of Young Farmers and Ranchers held their annual discussion meet last night in Moscow. The objective of YF & R program is to provide leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau and to expand opportunities in agriculture. (Bob Smathers photo)



USDA Grants Will Increase Local Foods in Eligible Schools

Washington--Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan on Wednesday announced more than $4.5 million in grants for 68 projects, spanning 37 states and the District of Columbia, to connect school cafeterias with local agricultural producers.

The first-ever USDA Farm to School grants will help schools respond to the growing demand for locally sourced foods and increase market opportunities for producers and food businesses, including food processors, manufacturers and distributors, according to Merrigan. Grants also will be used to support agriculture and nutrition education efforts such as school gardens, field trips to local farms and cooking classes. The grants will serve more than 3,200 schools and 1.75 million students, nearly half of whom live in rural communities.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Just in



USDA Increases Corn and Soybean Production Forecast

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 9, 2012 – The Agriculture Department’s monthly crop report moderately increased 2012 production forecasts for corn and soybeans compared to the prior month.
“As anticipated, there were no major changes to the projected production totals for both corn and soybeans this month,” said AFBF senior economist Todd Davis. “The early harvest numbers provided a fairly clear picture on the size of the 2012 corn and soybean crops in the October report,” he added.
USDA forecast corn production at 10.7 billion bushels, down 1.6 billion bushels compared to 2011. The average yield for corn was forecast at 122.3 bushels per acre this year, up slightly from the October projection.
Corn ending stocks for the marketing year are projected to be tight at 647 million bushels, representing 21 days of supply.
Soybean production is forecast at 2.97 billion bushels, down 123 million bushels compared to 2011. The average yield for soybeans was forecast at 39.3 bushels per acre, 2.6 bushels per acre less than the 2011 average yield.
Ending stocks for soybeans are projected to be 140 million bushels (about a 17-day supply), which Davis described as “uncomfortably tight.”
How the weather will affect corn and soybean production in South America continues to be closely watched, with USDA forecasting that Argentina and Brazil will increase soybean production by 1.87 billion bushels compared to 2011.
“A large soybean crop in both the U.S. and South America is needed to relieve the tight stock situation here,” Davis said. “All of the production uncertainty will be of concern to the market until both continents have large crops that allow stocks to rebuild. This uncertainty will keep the market volatile.”
USDA is continuing to conduct producer surveys and field analysis, which will provide information about the drought damage done to the 2012 corn and soybean crop, according to Davis. The department’s January report will provide the final production projects for the 2012 crop.
USDA’s crop production reports and world grain supply/demand estimates are available online.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012



Cost of Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Up Slightly This Year
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 8, 2012The retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings increased less than 1 percent this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

AFBF’s 27th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $­­­49.48, a 28-cent price increase from last year’s average of $49.20. 

“At just under $5 per person, the cost of this year’s meal remains a bargain,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman, a rice and cattle producer from Texas. “Our diverse farm and ranch families are honored to produce the food from our nation’s land for family Thanksgiving celebrations. During this holiday season, I am encouraging farmers and ranchers to reach out to consumers in-person or through social media, to answer questions about the food that they grow or the livestock and poultry they raise.”

The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10. There is also plenty for leftovers.

The big ticket item—a 16-pound turkey—came in at $22.23 this year. That was roughly $1.39 per pound, an increase of about 4 cents per pound, or a total of 66 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2011. The whole bird was the biggest contributor to the final total, showing the largest price increase compared to last year.

“Thanksgiving Dinner is a special meal that people look forward to all year,” said John Anderson, AFBF’s deputy chief economist. “Most Americans will pay about the same as last year at the grocery store for a turkey and all the trimmings. A slight increase in demand for turkey is responsible for the moderate price increase our shoppers reported for the bird,” he said.

Savvy shoppers may pay even less for frozen tom turkey compared to AFBF’s 155 volunteer shoppers who checked prices at grocery stores in 35 states.

“Turkeys may still be featured in special sales and promotions close to Thanksgiving,” Anderson explained. “Anyone with the patience to wait until the last minute to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving could be rewarded with an exceptional bargain,” he said.

In addition to the turkey, a combined group of miscellaneous items, including coffee and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal (onions, eggs, sugar, flour, evaporated milk and butter) increased in price, to $3.18. A dozen brown-n-serve rolls also increased slightly this year, up 3 cents to $2.33.

Items that showed a price decrease from last year were: a half pint of whipping cream, $1.83, down 13 cents; a 14-ounce package of cubed bread stuffing, $2.77, down 11 cents; three pounds of sweet potatoes, $3.15, down 11 cents; one gallon of whole milk, $3.59, down 7 cents; fresh cranberries, $2.45, down 3 cents; one pound of green peas, $1.66, down 2 cents; a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix and two nine-inch pie shells, $5.53, down 2 cents.

A one-pound relish tray of carrots and celery remained the same at 76 cents.
Anderson noted that despite retail price increases during the last year or so, American consumers have enjoyed relatively stable food costs over the years, particularly when adjusted for inflation.

The slight percentage increase in the national average cost reported this year by Farm Bureau for a classic Thanksgiving dinner tracks closely with the organization’s 2012 quarterly marketbasket surveys and the government’s Consumer Price Index for food (available online at http://data.bls.gov/).

Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, such as spending $50 and receiving a free turkey. Shoppers with an eye for bargains in all areas of the country should be able to purchase individual menu items at prices comparable to the Farm Bureau survey averages. Another option for busy families without a lot of time to cook is ready-to-eat Thanksgiving meals for up to 10 people, with all the trimmings, which are available at many supermarkets and take-out restaurants for around $50 to $75.

The AFBF survey was first conducted in 1986. While Farm Bureau does not make any scientific claims about the data, it is an informal gauge of price trends around the nation. Farm Bureau’s survey menu has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Just in


Ag Leaders in House Urge Farm Bill Consideration
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee said this week that he is continuing to work with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee to get the farm bill done. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), ranking member on the House Ag Committee, has been urging Republican leaders to bring the bipartisan five-year farm bill approved by the committee to the floor for a vote next week when Congress convenes for its lame duck session.

“As far as I can determine, the $35 billion that we tried to save in the House Ag Committee version of the farm bill is one of the few bills that have real savings that are really countable,” Lucas said. “If there’s a window of opportunity I want to get the farm bill done.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation continues to press for action on the farm bill during the lame duck session.

Friday, November 9, 2012


USFRA Calls for Farmer, Rancher Voices

Washington--More than 350 farmers and ranchers have signed up to be a part of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers’ “Grow What You Know” program to counter inaccurate, unfair and misleading stories about today’s agriculture in the news media and online.

Still, additional voices are needed to more fully represent agriculture. Please encourage growers you know to go to theFood Dialogues website to sign up for the Farmer and Rancher Mobilization (F.A.R.M.) Team Rapid Responders.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Blair back from Fellowship



AFBF McCloy Fellows Hit the Press

Bonn--An article on the AFBF McCloy Fellows currently traveling in Germany ran in the General-Anzeiger, a regional daily newspaper based in Bonn. The newspaper shadowed the four fellows on one of their farm tours to an apple orchard and processing plant.

When asked her impression of German agriculture, Raquel Landry, Louisiana Farm Bureau Field Service director, said, “
The biggest difference between German and American agriculture is the scale; the fields and orchards in the U.S. are much higher than in Germany and Europe,” she said. “The problems are similar, however.”

Four McCloy Fellows are selected every year for a three-week agricultural study tour in Germany. The program is administered by the American Council on Germany. 

Along with Landry, the 2012 fellows include Paul Schwennesen, a cattle produce from Arizona; Robert Blair, a grain farmer from Kendrick, Idaho; and Garrick Hall, a dairy producer from Utah.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


New York Farm Bureau Urges Donations for Sandy Victims
Albany--As the devastation from Hurricane Sandy continues to unfold, the need for fresh food is a priority for the thousands of victims directly impacted by the massive storm. Relief efforts are unfolding, and New York Farm Bureau is encouraging its members to donate, if they can.  

“Many of our farmers who experienced Irene and Lee last year know first-hand the hardships that follow a devastating storm. By nature, farmers are a generous bunch, and we encourage all of our members to give what they can to the relief effort. So many people came to our aid last year, and we will do our best to repay the generosity,” said Dean Norton, NYFB president.

On its website the organization has provided resources for farmers and others interested in donating.

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USDA Releases Funding for Rural Electric Projects

Washington--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced funding to modernize and improve the efficiency of rural electric generation and transmission systems. Several of the loans, which will go to projects in Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wisconsin, contain support for smart grid projects.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Rep. King Calls for Estate Tax Elimination

Washington--In an op-ed in the Washington Times, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa.) says that if Congress does not eliminate the death tax by the end of the year, lawmakers and the president must work together to get rid of it in the new year, making the elimination retroactive to Jan. 1, if necessary.

“No family with a terminally ill loved one should have to calculate the tax implications of placing a loved one on life support or disconnecting that loved one from it, especially to preserve his or her life’s work, whether it be savings, business or the family farm,” King wrote in the op-ed, which was referenced in The Hill’s Floor Action blog.

Unless Congress acts during its upcoming lame-duck session, at the beginning of the new year the estate tax exemption will shrink to $1 million per person with no spousal transfer and the top rate will jump to 55 percent.
To join the American Farm Bureau Federation’s estate tax reform push, go to the FBACT Insider website It’s the easiest way to let Congress know how devastating the impending estate tax and capital gains rate hikes are to agriculture.

Monday, November 5, 2012

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Groups Want Congress to Hold Steady on RFS

Washington--A coalition of seven biofuel trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate leaders, urging them to “stay the course” on the renewable fuels standard as lawmakers review a range of options for providing drought relief.
The organizations that sent the letter are: the Advanced Ethanol Council, Algae Biomass Organization, American Coalition for Ethanol, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board and Renewable Fuels Association.

Friday, November 2, 2012

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Virginians to Vote on Eminent Domain Measure

Richmond--On Election Day, voters in Virginia will decide the fate of an amendment to the state constitution related to eminent domain reform. According to the Virginia Farm Bureau, a vote for the amendment offers an opportunity “to protect not just farmers, but homeowners, business owners and all private property owners in Virginia” from eminent domain abuse.

The measure, Question 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot, is the result of years of work by the Virginia Farm Bureau.“Whether you own 1,000 acres or whether you own one acre with a house on it, you should have the same property rights. You should make sure the government cannot come in and take your land for another private enterprise’s benefit,” said VFBF President Wayne Prior. If a majority of Virginia voters approve the proposed amendment, the changes will go into effect Jan. 1.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy



Farmers, Ranchers Urged to Record Hurricane Losses
Washington--Juan Garcia, Farm Service Agency administrator, on Wednesday urged farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Sandy to keep thorough records of all losses, including livestock death losses, as well as expenses for such things as feed purchases and extraordinary costs because of lost supplies and or increased transportation costs.

Producers with damaged farmland should contact their local FSA office. The Emergency Conservation Program may be able to assist producers who need to repair farmland or remove debris due to Hurricane Sandy. Crops insured by federal crop insurance or by the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program are covered when floodwaters have rendered them valueless.

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