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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.

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American Rescue Plan Debt Payments

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Section 1005 includes provisions for USDA to pay up to 120% of loan balances, as of January 1, 2021, for Farm Service Agency (FSA) Direct and Guaranteed Farm Loans and Farm Storage Facility Loans (FSFL) to any Socially Disadvantaged producer who has a qualifying loan with FSA.

American Rescue Plan Debt Payments

Crop Acreage Reporting

Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their Farm Service Agency office before the applicable deadline.

Crop Acreage Reporting


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Coronavirus and USDA Service Centers

FSA in the News

  • USDA Announces January 2022 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for January 2022, which are effective Jan. 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 Announces No Actions Under Feedstock Flexibility Program

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced today that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2021, which runs from Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022.

  • USDA Announces Fiscal Year 2022 Sugar Program Actions

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced various actions to increase available supplies of raw and refined sugar to the U.S. market. The actions include: (1) increasing the fiscal year 2022 (FY22) overall allotment quantity (OAQ); (2) transferring allocations among beet processors; and (3) increasing raw cane sugar imports from Mexico. Action items (1) and (2) are being undertaken to allow all beet processors to market all of their expected FY22 beet sugar supply. Currently, some beet processors anticipate that their FY22 beet sugar supply will exceed their FY22 marketing allotment, a phenomenon known as “blocked stocks.” Absent action by USDA, beet processors with blocked stocks would be unable to market their entire FY22 beet sugar supply. Action item (3) was undertaken on Nov. 23, 2021 to add more raw cane sugar to the U.S. market.

  • Deadline Extended to Apply for Pandemic Support for Certified Organic and Transitioning Operations

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2021— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the deadline for agricultural producers who are certified organic, or transitioning to organic, to apply for the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP). This program provides pandemic assistance to cover certification and education expenses. The deadline to apply for 2020 and 2021 eligible expenses is now Feb. 4, 2022, rather than the original deadline of Jan. 7, 2022.  

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