Peasant organizations and opposition parties have opposed the Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme, which was launched by the Centre and adopted by Haryana's BJP government, terming it as "anti-farmer". Leader of opposition in the state assembly and senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala claimed on Monday that the scheme was meant to benefit just insurance companies. Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rattan Singh Mann) on Monday undertook a 'padyatra' in Jhajjar, the home district of state agriculture minister Om Prakash Dhankar, to express their resentment, just days after the minister himself performed a similar yatra in support of the scheme.
They're aircraft without a human pilot aboard, and they go by many names. UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), UASs (unmanned aerial systems) and drones are the most common. For a time, UAVs or UASs were the generally preferred term, in part because many in the industry thought drones carried unwarranted military and privacy concerns. But the public has clearly settled on drones, says Tim Kidwell, editor-in-chief of Drone360, a Milwaukee-based magazine that specializes in the aircraft.
Scattered showers over the last few weeks have not eased extreme drought hurting farmers in and around the Chattanooga area. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows extreme drought conditions in about half of Hamilton, Marion and Franklin counties as well as nearby counties in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. Georgia is driest, with the entire northern half of the state in extreme or severe drought. Norman Edwards is an agricultural extension agent for Walker County, Georgia. He says tougher crops like cotton and soybeans are surviving, but the corn crop is gone and so is most of the hay.
Imagine if nearly everything you worked for was destroyed within moments. That's exactly what local farmers are going through as severe weather wiped out crops across the WDAZ area. One farmer went to sleep, only to wake up and his find crops were gone. John Monson's family has farmed near Hatton, North Dakota for nearly 100 years. After Saturday evening, his livelihood is in jeopardy.
A website to assist flood-affected farmers who are applying for grants was launched Friday by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. The site provides farmers with information on the application process. Applications will be available July 1 and due no later than August 15. Farms must be located in one of the 42 counties declared a disaster area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Grants are capped at $100,000 per entity and may not exceed 20 percent of the verifiable loss. When combined with insurance, the grant may not exceed 100 percent of the total loss.
In the last 18 months, the Narendra Modi government had devised very many number of welfare schemes exclusively for farm workers, says Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan. In the last 18 months, the Narendra Modi government had devised very many number of welfare schemes exclusively for farm workers, said Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan here on Sunday. The Union government would not confine by just giving assistance, but provide infrastructure, which would improve the standards of living of farmers.
Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse today announced that the federal crop insurance program will provide additional flexibility to farmers. The modifications center on the practice of growing two crops on the same field at different times of the year, which is known as double cropping. “We are constantly looking for ways to meet the needs of our farmers and seek out their feedback so we can best provide them with the tools and resources they need to grow and support their operations,” Scuse said. “After receiving input from a number of stakeholders, we made these changes to the federal crop insurance program to provide greater flexibility and better reflect current agricultural practices.”
Very heavy rainclouds traveled up from Iowa and swept north across eastern Minnesota and into Wisconsin in mid-June. Big storms passed through Goodhue County from June 10 through June 14, filling rain gauges. Some farmers also experienced pea-sized hail and wind on June 10, said Ryan Buck, giving his report on June 15. Rainwater flooded creeks and streams, as well as some gravel roads and fields. The area had already received plenty of rain – Goodhue County received about 4.5 inches of rain in May.
Farmer suicides along with the state's poor record in crop insurance schemes is a huge concern for the Karnataka Agriculture Prices Commission (KAPC). The percentage of farmers utilizing the Prime Minister's Fasal Bhima Yojana (crop insurance scheme) in the state is just 13, against the national average of 20%. The Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC) has been tasked with investigating the reasons for farmers not availing the benefits of crop insurance.
Following the heavy rains and severe storms in many areas of the Upper Midwest from June 9 to 15, farm operators are now facing difficult decisions with regards to replanting crops. Many locations in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa received several inches of rainfall during that period, which led to considerable standing water and drown-out damage in numerous fields. In addition, there was hail damage in some areas that damaged crops, which could also result in replant decisions, especially with soybeans. Most producers will likely not be replanting corn at this late date, except for livestock producers who can utilize the corn as silage or high-moisture corn.
Ray Piper has been farming for more than 30 years, and has seen his share of floods. He's also made his share of crop insurance claims, a process he's not optimistic about after last week's deluge. "History has a way of repeating itself," Piper said in an interview with media at his washed out canola field north of Dawson Creek June 17. Piper grows canola, wheat, barley and fescue on around 3,500 acres that have been in his family for 100 years. Flood waters washed away at least one of his fields along 219 Road, which he said does not properly drain due to design issues.
This is the time of year when farmers are meeting with their lenders to renew farm operating loans for 2016. The past few years have been challenging for producers as commodity prices have fallen, input costs have risen, and severe weather has damaged or destroyed entire crops. With the downturn in the ag economy, multiple years of lost revenue and less than favorable forecasts for 2016, many producers are facing the tough question: can I afford to continue farming? Without access to capital, the answer to this question is a resounding no.
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