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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

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Previous policy limited only birds from avian influenza hotspots.
A $1 million appropriation came through funding for USDA ARS to enter into cooperative agreements with universities and outside organizations, including Grand Farm, that are focused on precision agriculture research.
The Conservation Stewardship Program, delivered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is highly popular with farmland owners in North Dakota as a way to increase environmentally-friendly practices. Todd C. Hagel, assistant state conservation, describes the basics in the rules.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, changed the formula for disaster payments for above-normal livestock losses to reflect truer values of baby calves and other animals, in the wake of the April 2022 “Blizzard Haley” storm complex that hit North Dakota. The previous administration had administratively in 2020 added a "bottom-tier" of payment for baby calves that undervalued the animals.
A series of April blizzards created a “long tail” of cattle illnesses, including pneumonia and scours. Losses range from zero to hundreds of calves, on top of record-setting drought and low feed and forage supplies. The numbers hide some of the effects — the loss in value when either a calf or a cow is lost, leaving orphans. 
Cooperative effort aims to help cattle rancher, wolves and wolf researchers.

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Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux and other officials visited Minnesota farms on May 19 to take a look at the damage from the storm that blew through a week before. High winds ripped apart grain bins and mangled irrigation and other equipment as well as damaging houses and other buildings.
The USDA livestreamed the report after it was released to the public on March 31. View the report here.
Marcy Svenningsen, new state executive director of the Farm Service Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency that delivers farm support and loan programs to farmers, discusses the challenges of the times to a Democratic administration in an era of animosity when most farmers support Republican administrations.

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