• USDA is encouraging producers who are eligible to sign up for disaster assistance by the September 30th deadline.

    Livestock producers that have had grazing losses since October 2011 may be eligible for benefits.

    USDA is encouraging producers to register, request an appointment or begin a Livestock Forage Disaster Program application with their county FSA office before the start of next month. Producers who sign up after October first will be subject to payment reductions as required in the 2011 Budget Control Act.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports the use of food stamps is dropping.

    46.2 million Americans were documented as on food stamps in May according to the USDA. Data shows that figure to be about 14.8 percent of the U.S. population. That is down from a record 47.8 million in December of 2012. Experts expect enrollment and costs to keep falling.

    They claim that as more Americans find jobs and collect paychecks, fewer will be eligible lowering program costs. The Congressional Budget Office sees food-stamp costs possibly returning to 1995 levels in five years.