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  1. USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to June 22

    Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON, June 13, 2018 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy will be extended until June 22, 2018. The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant. USDA has already issued more than $89 million for margins triggered in February, March, and April, and USDA offices are continuing to process remaining payments daily.

  2. USDA Resumes Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

    Fri Jun 1, 2018 03:52 PM

    WASHINGTON, June 1, 2018 – As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between June 4 and Aug. 17, 2018.

  3. USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for June 2018

    Fri Jun 1, 2018 02:05 PM

    WASHINGTON, June 1, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation today announced interest rates for June 2018. The Commodity Credit Corporation borrowing rate-based charge for June is 2.250 percent, up from 2.125 percent in May.

  4. USDA Partners with Texas A&M to Help Veterans Seeking Agriculture Loans and Careers

    Thu May 31, 2018 03:17 PM

    (Dallas, TX, May 31, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service to help military veterans obtain loans and pursue careers as farmers and ranchers. Secretary Perdue joined local dignitaries, members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and community leaders at the Dallas Farmers Market to unveil the new pilot program.

  5. USDA Reopens Application Period for Producers Recovering from Cattle Loss, Other Disasters

    Thu May 31, 2018 01:30 PM

    WASHINGTON, May 31, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters.