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  1. USDA Reopens Continuous CRP Signup

    Wed May 15, 2019 09:55 AM

    WASHINGTON, May 15, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs.

  2. USDA Announces March Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers Third 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

    Tue May 7, 2019 04:20 PM

    WASHINGTON, May 7, 2019 — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.85 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

  3. USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

    Mon May 6, 2019 09:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, May 6, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

  4. USDA Announces Repayment Options for Producers with Coverage in Previous Margin Protection Program for Dairy

    Fri May 3, 2019 04:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, May 3, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that dairy producers who had coverage under the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which provided payments to producers when the price of milk fell below the feed costs to produce it, are eligible to receive a repayment for part of the premiums paid into the program.

  5. USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for May 2019

    Wed May 1, 2019 02:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, May 1, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation today announced interest rates for April 2019, which are effective May 1-May 31, 2019. The Commodity Credit Corporation borrowing rate-based charge for May is 2.375 percent, down from 2.500 percent in April.