Wet conditions can cause ergot poisoning

Although rye is historically associated with ergotism, wheat is also extremely susceptible.

USDA is investing up to $2 million in cooperative agreements in 2022 for risk management education and training programs that support historically underserved producers, small-scale farmers and conservation practices.

The Risk Management Agency (RMA) will invest in universities, nonprofits and cooperative extension offices to develop training and education tools to help producers learn how to manage risks and challenges.

The meat industry has been highlighted in the past several months by the Biden administration, along with Congress. With higher costs of food for consumers but higher profits for meat packers, the administration is scrutinizing larger companies and taking a closer look at consolidation. 

“Agriculture is an inherently risky business, and a strong farm safety net is key to sustaining and ensuring the success of American producers,” said RMA Administrator Marcia Bunger.

Interested organizations may apply through the Results Verification System at rvs.umn.edu by March 11.

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