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Farm Bill provision to help beginning farmers, ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will implement new programs recently passed in the Farm Bill that will strengthen the financial security of new farmers and ranchers.

This includes a provision authored by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to eliminate payment reductions under the Conservation Reserve Program for new and beginning farmers.

Klobuchar’s provision will allow beginning producers to graze cattle on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres without a reduction in payments for the CRP landowner.

The USDA will also implement a number of additional initiatives, including waived service fees to enroll in the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program and increased payments under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program.

A new website will provide easy access to USDA initiatives designed to help beginning farmers and ranchers.

Klobuchar also authored a provision in the Farm Bill to help beginning farmers and ranchers access crop insurance by reducing the cost of insurance by 10 percent and eliminating administrative fees for these producers in their first five years.