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Coronavirus and USDA Assistance for Farmers
Coronavirus and USDA Assistance for Farmers

We are committed to delivering USDA programs and services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Learn About Resources for for Coronavirus and USDA Assistance for Farmers

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American Rescue Act Debt Relief

The American Rescue Plan includes provisions for USDA to pay up to 120% of loan balances for FSA Direct and Guaranteed Farm Loans and Farm Storage Facility Loans (FSFL) debt relief to any socially disadvantaged producer.

American Rescue Act Debt Relief

Impacted by Winter Storms?

USDA offers programs that can help you recover.

Impacted by Winter Storms?

AskUSDA

AskUSDA: One Central entry point for you to access information and help from USDA.

AskUSDA

Coronavirus and USDA Service Centers

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Coronavirus and USDA Service Centers

FSA in the News

  • USDA Announces Listening Session on Impacts of COVID-19 on New Farmers

    WASHINGTON, May 4, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a virtual listening session for beginning farmers and ranchers to learn how COVID-19 impacted their farming operations and to get their feedback on USDA assistance. The listening session will take place on May 6, 2021, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Eastern time.

  • USDA Announces May 2021 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers

    WASHINGTON, May 3, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced loan interest rates for May 2021, which are effective May 3. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures, or meet cash flow needs.

  • USDA Expands and Renews Conservation Reserve Program in Effort to Boost Enrollment and Address Climate Change

    WASHINGTON, April 21, 2021 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA will open enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with higher payment rates, new incentives, and a more targeted focus on the program’s role in climate change mitigation. Additionally, USDA is announcing investments in partnerships to increase climate-smart agriculture, including $330 million in 85 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects and $25 million for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement today at White House National Climate Task Force meeting to demonstrate USDA’s commitment to putting American agriculture and forestry at the center of climate-smart solutions to address climate change.

  • USDA Announces 2021 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials

    WASHINGTON, April 15, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the 2021-crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple cotton, which are applied to the crop loan rate to determine the per bale actual loan rate.

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