USDA Issues Safety-Net and Conservation Payments to Indiana Farmers

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News USDA Issues Safety-Net and Conservation Payments to Indiana Farmers USDA Issues Safety-Net and Conservation Payments to Indiana Farmers Previous articleBayer Focused on Defending GlyphosateNext articleINFB PACs Endorse Candidates in General Election Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 4, 2018 USDA Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Steven Brown, announced that approximately $55.9 million will be paid to Indiana farms that enrolled in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for 2017 market downturns. Additionally, Indiana FSA will distribute approximately $41 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to landowners for their commitment to conservation stewardship.“ARC and PLC were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill to protect farmers against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues,” Brown said. “These payments help provide reassurance to Indiana farm families who continue to persevere, even in this tough farm economy.”According to Brown, PLC payments have triggered for 2017 barley, canola, corn, grain sorghum, wheat and other crops. In the next few months payments will be triggered for rice, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower, crambe, and sesame seed. Producers with bases enrolled in ARC for 2017 crops can visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc for updated crop yields, prices, revenue and payment rates.  In Indiana, some counties have experienced a drop in price and/or revenues below the benchmark price established by the ARC or PLC programs and will receive payments.“It’s important to remember that ARC and PLC payments by county can vary because average county yields will differ,” Brown said.Also, USDA started issuing 2018 CRP payments to support voluntary conservation efforts on private lands. In Indiana, landowners on 34,184 contracts will receive compensation for their efforts to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion and improve wildlife habitat.“Since its inception in the 1980s, CRP has built upon the voluntary participation of farmers and landowners to take sensitive land out of production and establish land cover to improve the environment,” Brown said.For more information about USDA programs or to locate the nearest USDA Service Center, visit www.farmers.gov.Source: USDA Indiana Farm Service Agency SHARE SHARElast_img read more

USC political organizations hold student debate

first_imgAudience members were allowed to pose their own questions to debaters. When asked how citizens can influence lawmakers to avoid intervention in Venezuela, USC GOP expressed disinterest in social action, while the other student groups voiced encouragement for social actions like protests.  “I thought maybe the moderators could’ve been, you know, a little more prepared, but it sounded like they had been subbed in last minute by somebody who canceled, so I can’t blame them too much for that,” said Reed Barnes, a junior majoring in computer science. Students discussed the current political and economic crisis in Venezuela, climate change and homelessness, among other topics at a political debate Tuesday hosted by Unruh Associates and the Political Student Assembly at Ground Zero Performance Café.   Nearly 20 students attended the debate, which featured USC GOP, Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, USC College Democrats and Trojans for Liberty.  Tuesday’s debate featured members of USC GOP, Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, USC College Democrats and Trojans for Liberty. (Krystal Gallegos/Daily Trojan) “I definitely thought this was going to be a lot more contentious,” said Guillermo Gutiérrez, a junior majoring in political science.  Students also commented on Sanders’ last-minute cancellation. Political Student Assembly Director Briana Miles and Unruh Associates Vice President José Guillermo Gutiérrez moderated the debate after organizers scrambled to find a new debate moderator. Symone Sanders, a Center for Political Future fellow and former national press secretary for 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, canceled at the last minute.  “I feel like people had different varying degrees of [political] expertise, and sometimes, certain political groups were clearly more educated on certain topics than others,” said Josh Masters, a senior majoring in animation and digital arts. “And to me, it wasn’t always a fair debate … I would want someone who disagrees with me to be well-prepared.” center_img “By 2050, we can reduce up to 80 percent of the net greenhouse gases we emit with the carbon tax that was just recently proposed by a bipartisan group of members of Congress and supported largely by Democrats,” said College Dems representative Andrew Binder, a freshman majoring in philosophy, politics and law. “Preventative measures, I think, is the best way the state can provide help [to homelessness],” Scavo said. “Mental health facilities, transportation, that sort of thing, is really important … I don’t know how effective providing affordable housing is when helping homeless populations because it’s not a supply issue, it’s a demand issue.”  TAPP, College Democrats and Trojans for Liberty switched out their debaters for the second topic of the night: climate change. Representatives addressed whether implementing the carbon tax would prove beneficial for climate change, which split the debaters into two groups. TAPP and College Dems supported the tax.  The debate ended with a discussion on homelessness in the country. Student representatives examined the government’s responsibility to address the homelessness crisis.  “I [do not] think it’s a big enough partisan issue to gain support to actually do anything to persuade lawmakers,” said USC GOP representative John Scavo, a sophomore majoring in political economy. “They’re going to do what they want.”  Representatives from each group presented on the topics, beginning with a discussion about the United States’ involvement in the current political crisis in Venezuela. They spoke briefly about their doubt over the United States’ intervention techniques in other countries. All agreed that non-intervention was the ideal solution.  While the representatives expressed contention over finer points of homelessness like zoning restrictions, they agreed homelessness is a complex issue. No one presented a singular solution to address the crisis but instead discussed contributing factors like addiction and mental health issues. last_img read more