The pandemic and Ukraine invasion have led to supply chain disruptions, higher prices of inputs, and goods shortages in countries across the globe. USDA is adding program flexibilities, expanding options and assistance, and investing in fertilizer to help farmers address inflation and global food insecurity.
Crop Insurance for Double Cropping
To reduce the risk of raising two crops on the same land in one year – a practice known as double cropping - USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is expanding double crop insurance opportunities in more than 1,500 counties where double cropping is viable.
- For soybeans, double crop coverage will be expanded to or streamlined in at least 681 counties, including all of those that were initially targeted for review.
- For grain sorghum, double crop coverage will be expanded to or streamlined in at least 870 counties that were initially targeted for review.
- RMA will also work with the crop insurance industry and farm organizations to highlight the availability and improvements in written agreements as an option for any farmer that grows a crop outside the area where a policy is automatically offered.
Precision Agriculture and Nutrient Management
USDA is increasing its technical assistance for nutrient management practices, including precision agriculture, helping farmers more efficiently use fertilizer and reduce costs. This includes streamlining the application process for NRCS conservation programs like EQIP and CSP and prioritizing application approvals to expand access to its nutrient management planning and cost sharing assistance programs.
NRCS accepts applications for EQIP and CSP year-round. If you’re interested in applying, contact the NRCS office at your local USDA Service Center.
The Inflation Reduction Act will deliver $19.5 billion in new conservation funding to support climate-smart agriculture that will bolster the new steps that NRCS is taking to improve opportunities for nutrient management. NRCS will target funding, increasing program flexibilities, and launch a new outreach campaign to promote nutrient management’s economic benefits, in addition to expanding partnerships to develop nutrient management plans. This is part of USDA’s broader effort to address future fertilizer availability and cost challenges for U.S. producers.
USDA is allowing CRP participants who are in the final year of their CRP contract to request voluntary contract termination following the end of the primary nesting season for fiscal year 2022. This allows producers wanting to return land to production to begin preparation work earlier than normal.
If you are approved for this one-time, voluntary termination, you will not have to repay rental payments, a flexibility implemented this year. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) mailed letters to these CRP participants in late May with additional details. Read more in our May 26, 2022 news release.
USDA is offering EQIP and CSP participants who have cover cropping included in their existing contracts to:
Modify their plans to plant a cover crop and shift to a conservation crop rotation; or
Delay their cover crop plans a year.
This enables producers to respond to market signals while still ensuring the conservation benefits through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for participating producers. Read more in our May 26, 2022 news release.
USDA is investing up to $500 million in a new grant program to support independent, innovative, and sustainable American fertilizer production to supply American farmers. This will help farmers finding available and affordable fertilizer. More information will be available later this summer. Read more in this May 11, 2022 White House fact sheet.
Find Your Local Service Center
We are committed to delivering USDA services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to the pandemic. Some USDA offices are beginning to reopen to limited visitors by appointment only. Service Center staff also continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.
USDA Service Centers are locations where you can connect with Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Rural Development employees for your business needs. Enter your state and county below to ﬁnd your local service center and agency offices. If this locator does not work in your browser, please visit offices.usda.gov.
Visit the Risk Management Agency website to ﬁnd a regional or compliance office or to ﬁnd an insurance agent near you.