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May 2014 Archive for PFA Pioneer Blog

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Rough Farm Program Signup Schedule

May 30, 2014

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -

May 29, 2014

Farm Program Signup "Schedule"

USDA has awarded $3 million to the University of Illinois, the University of Missouri (FAPRI) and Texas A&M University to help build online farm bill discussion tools. Another $3 million will be going to state cooperative extension services at land grant universities.

While some think USDA is dragging its feet on farm bill implementation of programs like Supplemental Coverage Option, which they contend may push farmers to the Ag Risk Coverage (ARC) program, it is not going to be a quick process.

Key for USDA: Making decisions that will hold up to legal and other scrutiny.

Key for Farmers: Education.

Unlike the 2008 Farm Bill and the ACRE program, there will be tools broadly available to farmers this time.

Here is - as best as we can tell - a rough schedule of important farm bill signup "timeframes."

  • Mid-Summer 2014: Producers will receive letters notifying them of current acreage bases and program yields, as well as 2009 through 2012 certified planting history.
  • Late-Summer 2014: MPP, ARC and PLC online tools become available. MPP enrollment for 2014 and 2015 begins. MPP owners have an opportunity to update yields and reallocate bases for ARC/PLC purposes.
  • Fall 2014: NAP buy-up online tools become available. NAP buy-up signup starts.
  • Winter 2014: ARC/PLC one-time selection begins.
  • Early 2015: ARC/PLC signup for 2014 and 2015 begins.

 

MPP: Margin Protection Program (dairy)
ARC: Ag Risk Coverage
PLC: Price Loss Coverage
NAP: Noninsured crop disaster Assistance Program

USDA says, "In late 2014, producers have to make their one-time election between PLC and ARC. Early 2015 is when the annual enrollment for the program -- PLC or ARC, based on their election -- begins for 2014 and 2015 crop years." No specific enrollment ending date or timeframe has been given.
 


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Still a Chance for Tax Extenders

May 16, 2014

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -

May 16, 2014

Still a Chance for Tax Extenders Deal

Legislation that would extend nearly 55 expired tax breaks without offsets stalled after a procedural vote failed last week, prompting some to predict no Senate action until after the November midterm elections. However, we aren’t as pessimistic on the package that would renew for two years nearly all the tax breaks that expired Dec. 31, 2013, including the biodiesel tax incentive and equipment expensing.

Republicans balked at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) pledge to work out an amendment deal, but only after the procedural vote. Pay-as-you-go budget rules were likely to surface with the bill’s lack of offsets, but Senate rule changes muted the potential for that to derail the bill. Of note, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) says Republicans would be very interested in voting on making Section 179 expensing permanent, a provision that allows small businesses (including farmers) to get their entire depreciation deduction in one year.

After a “cooling-off period,” we expect an attempt will be made at a mini-amendment deal sometime this summer. The final end-zone, however, is still likely a post-election event.

 


 


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Two Victories for Ethanol in One Week

May 09, 2014

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -

May 9, 2014

Two Victories for Ethanol in One Week

Court victory for ethanol
 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), finding the agency had “wide latitude to consider a range of factors as appropriate” in setting the mandate for different categories. The ruling could have broad implications for the biofuel mandate in the future.

Of note, the court ruled that expensive fuel credits (RINs) were not enough to warrant vacating the target and that there was “no ground to conclude the 2013 standards are unlawful simply because RINs are costlier than in prior years.” The court stated higher RIN prices should provide incentive to invest in more fueling infrastructure and in diversification of the fuel supply.

Vilsack defends RFS

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack had strong words for oil industry’s attacks on the RFS last week.

“The oil industry has made a concerted, organized, well-financed attack on the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Vilsack. “A lot of focus has been on the EPA and the administration, but it is the oil industry that has gone to court to try to limit the impact of the RFS. It is the oil industry that has gone to Capitol Hill to try to insert in appropriations bills and other bills an elimination or curtailment or restriction of the Renewable Fuel Standard. It’s the oil industry working in concert with others that’s made it very difficult to expand higher blend availability. So, what the EPA is doing, I think, is responding to the need to make sure that there is a strong, defensible RFS.”

Vilsack says USDA shares that desire with EPA.
 


 


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