USDA Announces Details of Risk Management Programs for Hemp Producers

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleIndiana Farm Bureau Health Care Effort Moving Forward at Statehouse and What’s Next After the Snow and Ice on the HAT Thursday Morning EditionNext articleApplications Open for Farm Bureau Women’s Communication Boot Camp USDA Communications SHARE The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of two programs that protect hemp producers’ crops from natural disasters. A pilot hemp insurance program through Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) provides coverage against loss of yield because of insurable causes of loss for hemp grown for fiber, grain or Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage protects against losses associated with lower yields, destroyed crops or prevented planting where no permanent federal crop insurance program is available. Producers may apply now, and the deadline to sign up for both programs is March 16, 2020.“We are pleased to offer these coverages to hemp producers. Hemp offers new economic opportunities for our farmers, and they are anxious for a way to protect their product in the event of a natural disaster,” said Farm Production and Conservation Undersecretary Bill Northey.Multi-Peril Crop Insurance Pilot Insurance ProgramThe MPCI pilot insurance is a new crop insurance option for hemp producers in select counties of 21 states for the 2020 crop year. The program is available for eligible producers in certain counties in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. Information on eligible counties is accessible through the USDA Risk Management Agency’s Actuarial Information Browser.Among other requirements, to be eligible for the pilot program, a hemp producer must have at least one year of history producing the crop and have a contract for the sale of the insured hemp. In addition, the minimum acreage requirement is 5 acres for CBD and 20 acres for grain and fiber. Hemp will not qualify for replant payments or prevented plant payments under MPCI.This pilot insurance coverage is available to hemp growers in addition to revenue protection for hemp offered under the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection plan of insurance. Also, beginning with the 2021 crop year, hemp will be insurable under the Nursery crop insurance program and the Nursery Value Select pilot crop insurance program. Under both nursery programs, hemp will be insurable if grown in containers and in accordance with federal regulations, any applicable state or tribal laws and terms of the crop insurance policy.Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance ProgramNAP provides coverage against loss for hemp grown for fiber, grain, seed or CBD for the 2020 crop year where no permanent federal crop insurance program is available.NAP basic 50/55 coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. Buy-up coverage is available in some cases. The 2018 Farm Bill allows for buy-up levels of NAP coverage from 50 to 65 percent of expected production in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Premiums apply for buy-up coverage.For all coverage levels, the NAP service fee is $325 per crop or $825 per producer per county, not to exceed $1,950 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties.Eligibility RequirementsUnder a regulation authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill and issued in October 2019, all growers must have a license to grow hemp and must comply with applicable state, tribal or federal regulations or operate under a state or university research pilot, as authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.Producers must report hemp acreage to FSA after planting to comply with federal and state law enforcement. The Farm Bill defines hemp as containing 0.3 percent or less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a dry-weight basis. Hemp having THC above the federal statutory compliance level of 0.3 percent is an uninsurable or ineligible cause of loss and will result in the hemp production being ineligible for production history purposes.For more information on USDA risk management programs for hemp producers, visit to read frequently asked questions. For more information on the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, visit USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services’ website to read AMS frequently asked questions. Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Announces Details of Risk Management Programs for Hemp Producers By USDA Communications – Feb 6, 2020 Facebook Twitter USDA Announces Details of Risk Management Programs for Hemp Producerslast_img read more

China probing report of 2003 human H5N1 case

first_imgJun 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Chinese Ministry of Health is conducting its own investigation into the report of a man who died of H5N1 avian influenza in late 2003, according to a report today by Agence France-Presse (AFP). The case was first described by eight Chinese researchers in the Jun 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).The Chinese Ministry of Health said it was conducting its own tests to try to confirm the case, Roy Wadia, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman in China, told AFP. The date given for the case, November 2003, was 2 years before China officially reported any human H5N1 cases to the WHO.The Ministry of Health said it was unaware of the case until the researchers’ report appeared in NEJM, Wadia told AFP. He said the WHO has asked the health ministry to determine where the man caught the H5N1 virus and whether there were other deaths. He also said it was unclear why the scientists, who work at state institutions, did not report their findings to the health ministry.Adding to confusion about the case, the NEJM reported last week that the authors had e-mailed the journal requesting that the report be withdrawn, but the request was too late. Karen Pederson, NEJM spokeswoman, told CIDRAP News today that the journal then asked the researchers to explain the rationale for their withdrawal request.The journal took the withdrawal request seriously, Pederson said, because one of the e-mail messages requesting withdrawal came from the real address of one of the researchers. She said the authors responded that they stood by their report and none of them said they had e-mailed a request to withdraw it.In the AFP article, Wadia declined to speculate about a cover-up by the Chinese government. “We are just waiting for further information as to when exactly it was confirmed and why was it not conveyed to the Ministry of Health,” Wadia told AFP.The November 2003 death of a 24-year-old Beijing man attributed last week to avian influenza was originally thought to be from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), according to the authors of the NEJM report. The case is significant because, if confirmed, it revises the timeline and geographic pattern of human cases of avian flu (see link to Jun 22 CIDRAP News story below).See also:Zhu Q-Y, Qin E-D, Wang W, et al. Fatal infection with influenza A (H5N1) virus in China (letter). N Engl J Med 2006 Jun 22;354(25):2731-2 [Full text]Jun 22, 2006 CIDRAP News story “Report: China had human H5N1 case in late 2003”last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Canada’s business planning tools; EU school, travel advice; India urges media restraint; more Tamiflu-resistant cases

first_imgAug 13, 2009Canada develops business preparedness toolsCanada’s health minister Leona Aglukkaq yesterday urged businesses to prepare for another novel flu surge, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. She said small- and medium-size firms lag behind larger corporations that have more resource for continuity planning. To help smaller companies prepare, the country’s public health agency has contracted with two groups to develop tools to assist with such tasks as flu-related communications and staffing issues. 12 AFP storyEU issues school and travel pandemic recommendationsThe European Union (EU) today issued two pandemic H1N1 policy statements, one on school closures and one on travel. The EU’s health security committee said it doesn’t see a need for mass preemptive school closures, but said that local closures when large numbers of staff and students are infected may help delay virus transmission. The travel advisory urges sick people to stay home but does not support restriction of individual travelers or movement of people across borders. 13 EU school closure and travel statementsWHO: pandemic H1N1 reported in 170 global sitesIn an update on the novel flu pandemic yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the virus has now been confirmed in 170 countries and territories. Newly confirming first cases are Timor-Leste, Pakistan, Kirabati, Maldives, French Guiana, Falkland Islands, and Wallis and Futuna. Global deaths, as of Aug 6, rose to 1,462. Flu activity is waning in many southern hemisphere countries and is picking up in tropical regions. 12 WHO situation update 61India urges restraint in media flu coverageIndia’s broadcast ministry has asked media organizations to avoid creating panic over the pandemic H1N1 virus that is quickly spreading in the country, Indo Asian News Service (IANS) reported today. The ministry, however, said it supports efforts to raise flu awareness. In other developments, Delhi province officials have ordered private hospitals with 200 or more beds to help diagnose and treat flu patients as a means of reducing burden on government facilities.China, Singapore report Tamiflu-resistant H1N1The WHO said yesterday that China and Singapore have found osteltamivir (Tamiflu)-resistant novel H1N1 viruses, according to a report from the Canadian Press. The story also said the WHO has informal information on a small, unspecified number of other oseltamivir-resistant viruses. The WHO has received formal notification of seven oseltamivir-resistant cases from Japan, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, and now Singapore. China has yet to file a formal report on its case. 12 Canadian Press reportSeven novel flu cases found in Peruvian tribeSeven members of the native Amazonian Matsigenka tribe tested positive for pandemic H1N1 and have recovered, Peruvian health officials said yesterday, according to Reuters. But because the tribe lives near a reserve set aside for tribes that have limited contact with modern society, human rights groups fear the virus could spread to the more isolated native people who lack immunity to the disease. 12 Reuters storylast_img read more