California Rice Estimates Lower and Special Crops Relief

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California Rice Estimates Lower and Special Crops Relief

From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your agribusiness update.

** According to USDA estimates, rice acreage in California will fall this year to its lowest level since the 1983-84 growing season.

The 348,000 acres of rice planted planned for 2022 is down sharply from 407,000 last year and 517,000 in 2020 as California experiences long-lasting drought and water shortages.

Fallow rice farmers say crop insurance will help them, but they worry about the long-term impacts for agriculture.

** The USDA announced that commodity and specialty crop growers affected by natural disasters in 2020 and 21 will soon receive emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion.

The funds come from the Farm Service Agency’s new emergency relief program to compensate for losses in yield and crop value.

General Secretary Tom Vilsack said: “These emergency relief payments will help offset significant crop losses due to major weather events and ensure the sustainability of farming operations this crop year.

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More details, including eligibility, are online at www.fsa.usda.gov

** President Biden announced measures for American farmers in the wake of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

The administration is seeking to expand double crop insurance to an additional 681 counties, bringing the total number of countries eligible for crop insurance to 1,935 counties.

Another measure would reduce costs for farmers by increasing support for technology-driven precision farming and other nutrient management tools.

The third would double funding for domestic fertilizer production.

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