Tropical Storm Claudette Relief and Private Property Rights Victory
**Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed the USDA to aid recovery efforts for residents, farmers and ranchers affected by the devastation across the Southeast caused by Tropical Storm Claudette.
USDA staff in regional, state, and county offices are ready to respond and provide a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to affected communities and ag producers.
Visit www.farmers.gov or your local USDA Service Center for assistance.
**Florida peanut growers are wrapping up planting for the 2021 growing season, and things going well overall.
According to www.agfax.com, there are currently 13 states that grow some acreage of commercial peanuts, with Louisiana having the fewest at 2400 acres, to Georgia which grows 800,000 acres or about half of the total U.S. production.
Florida and Alabama come in 3rd and 2nd place in most years along with Texas.
**Farmers from Georgia to California told a House Agriculture subcommittee last week that the foundation of the 2023 farm bill should be the taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance system.
They also expressed interest in the creation of a standby disaster relief fund.
According to www.agriculture.com, over the past decade or so, crop insurance has grown into a larger support for agriculture than the traditional farm program.
The Risk Management Agency reports indemnities for the 2020 crop year total $8.4 billion to date.