Annual Meeting Preview: Farm Bill & Policy Discussion

- Right after lunch at this year’s SDCGA annual meeting on Saturday, January 17th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, a trio of top-notch policy experts including RMA Administrator Michael Alston, Agri-Pulse’s Sara Wyant and University of Illinois professor Jonathan Coppess will present on the new farm bill, conservation compliance and federal crop insurance program. Michael […]

Conservation Compliance Resources

- The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Resource Conservation Service recently released information to educate growers about the changes surrounding Conservation Compliance now being tied to Federal Crop Insurance as it was passed in the new Farm Bill. The available resources include a: Website Fact Sheet FAQs on Conservation Compliance for Crop Insurance Participants For […]

Call To Action: Protect Crop Insurance

- Work on the next farm bill is underway on the floor of the U.S. Senate. But as debate begins, one of the main targets of extreme environmental groups and fiscal hawks will be the federal crop insurance program. As we know, federal crop insurance is the most critical risk management component of any farm, ensuring […]

Drought Resources Available

- As the drought continues to affect farmers and ranchers across the country and now well into South Dakota there are various issues that will need to be addressed depending on each individual farm. A great local resource is the South Dakota State University Extension. On their website: http://igrow.org/agronomy/drought/ you will find pertinent information in their […]

Crop Insurance: Giving food a fighting chance

- With the wheels of the new Farm Bill currently in motion in D.C., out have come the attacks on Federal Crop Insurance. While the usual misleading arguments are thrown around from one newspaper to the next, the truth remains: Federal Crop Insurance works for all farmers and it is the best risk management tool available […]

Annual Meeting Speaker Preview: William Murphy

- South Dakota is privileged to have the head of the U.S. Risk Management Agency here as a headline speaker for the Corn Growers’ annual meeting. Administrator William Murphy, who has spent more than 30 years with RMA, will share his insight into crop insurance, Actual Production History policies and the Prairie Pothole Region. Members of […]

Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching

- It’s getting down to the wire for making a decision on crop insurance with the March 15 deadline less than a week away.  With commodity prices down and cash rent on the rise, margins are thin. Crop Insurance brings farmers a lot of questions including: the level of base prices, coverage levels, differences between policies, […]