Farmers who planted cover crops in 2020 are eligible for a premium benefit from most crops insurance policies, as part of the Pandemic Cover Crop Program, offered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency.
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A recent study found that farmland in Pennsylvania shrunk 6% over five years, due in part to population growth and land development.
As Rich Crone looks ahead to February and the 50th anniversary of his family farm, Pine Hurst Acres, it’s clear that diversification and precision agriculture technologies have been the keys to long-term profitability and viability.
On this week’s Industrial Hemp Podcast, we talk to Fred Strathmeyer, Deputy Secretary for Plant Industry and Consumer Protection at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture where he oversees the state’s industrial hemp program.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission owns nearly 1.5 million acres of state game lands, and roughly 8,000 of that is currently farmed, but the agency wants to shift its currently farmed tracts to long-term habitat that provides food and cover year round for a multitude of species.