Food & Health
Food & Health
2017 Census of Agriculture
Farmers and ranchers in North Dakota have an opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities by participating in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them.
I am asking for your assistance in promoting the Census of Agriculture throughout North Dakota. The Census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the nation. It is a critical tool that gives producers a voice to influence decisions shaping the future of their community, industry and operation. The Census looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income, expenditures, and other topics. This information is used by all who serve farmers and rural communities from federal, state and local governments to agribusinesses and trade associations. Answers to the Census impact farm programs and rural services that support your community.
NASS is only a couple weeks away from mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to approximately 3 million U.S. producers (mailing runs from late-November through late December). As the weeks progress, we will continue to provide you with updates, like the one below, and additional promotion tools to raise awareness about and encourage response to the Census. We appreciate your support of NASS data and hope you will find the promotional tools useful in your communications with your members, constituents and stakeholders.
Some of the materials on the
) for your use are listed below. There are other things on this site as well to help in promoting the Census. Please feel free to use any and all of the materials as you see fit.
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue’s second video
public service announcement (PSA)
for radio or video
Use and/or share
national press release
was distributed in late September to highlight what’s new this Census. It also introduced USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue’s PSA. Please feel free to use the content in your communications.
Partner Tools webpage
periodically for new/updated tools. ‘Respond Now’ tools will be uploaded on/around November 20.
We greatly appreciate your partnership and efforts with this very important endeavor. If you need anything to help with Census promotion, or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at
or by calling (701) 412-5953.
2018 NPGA RFP Request
The NPGA has more than $ TBA to distribute for the 2018 crop year. Proposals are due in the NPGA office
no later than TBA, 2018
and can be sent via email or mailed. (To ensure that your proposal is received via email, please include a delivery/read receipt.)
The NPGA research committee will meet to review the proposals and make funding determinations in February in conjunction with the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council research review. Each review will be held separately, however it is our hope that this will be a great way to facilitate a more transparency with the organizations, committees and applicants.
Detailed information regarding the dates will be posted at a later time.
As in years past, each individual submitting proposals will be given an opportunity to briefly discuss their proposed project via conference call/WebEx with the NPGA research committee. Recipients of funding will be contacted immediately following the meeting. Please feel free to distribute this to all interested parties.
RFP Forms and Format
Proposed RMA Rotation Statement Change Informational Bulletin for All Dry Pea Types and Lentils
The Risk Management Agency (RMA) planned to replace the current dry pea type (Smooth Green or Yellow, Forage Feed Peas for Seed, Austrian Peas) and lentil rotation statements with a new combined dry pea type (Smooth Green or Yellow, Forage Feed Peas for Seed, Austrian Peas) and Lentil rotation statement for the 2018 crop year. However, RMA was recently advised that some growers were unaware of the new statements more restrictive requirements and have already applied herbicide for planting dry peas or lentils for the 2018 crop year. Adding the new rotation statement in 2018 would cause growers planning to grow dry peas or lentils to have an uninsurable crop, have added costs for applying fall herbicides, and/or prevent them from possibly planting a different crop other than dry peas or lentils in the 2018 crop year. Therefore, the Billings Regional Office is planning to delay implementation of the new dry pea and lentil rotation statement until the 2019 crop year.
The current rotation statement is a 3-year rotation for a dry pea type following a dry pea type or lentils following lentils. For example: wheat/pea/wheat/wheat/pea or wheat/lentil/wheat/wheat/lentil. The current rotation statement also allows a grower to have the following rotation: wheat/pea/wheat/lentil/wheat or wheat/lentil/wheat /pea/wheat.
The new statement language applies to both dry pea types and lentils. The statement revision is based on Montana State University (MSU) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) plant pathologist recommendations and was concurred on by the Northern Pulse Growers Association. In short, the new statement is a 3-year rotation that would require a grower to be out of both a dry pea type and lentils for at least 2 consecutive crop years after planting before they can plant a dry pea type or lentil again. The new proposed statement is shown below:
Insurance will not attach to any acreage on which field peas (Austrian Peas, Forage/Feed Peas for Seed, Marrowfat Peas, and/or Smooth Green or Yellow Peas) or lentils were planted in either of the previous two (2) crop years or on which chickpeas or Fava/Faba beans were planted in the previous crop year. Chickpeas and Fava/Faba beans that were planted and then all plant growth is terminated by chemical or mechanical means prior to June 15, will not be considered planted for rotational purposes only. The insured is responsible to provide proof of insurability. This statement applies to field peas, lentils, chickpeas, and Fava/Faba beans grown either as a grain, cover crop, or in a cover crop mixture.
The Short Version
: 2-years out after planting peas or lentils and 1-year out if chickpeas or Fava/Faba beans were planted in the previous year. Applies to peas, lentils, chickpeas, and Fava/Faba beans in cover crop mixes.
If you would like to comment or have concerns about RMA’s proposed new dry pea and lentil rotation statement, please send an email to
by May 1, 2018.
If the proposed new statement goes into effect for the 2019 crop year, news releases and alerts will be timely posted prior to implementation through agriculture communication channels to prepare growers for the change.
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