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Arizona State Programs

State Executive Director

Ginger Sykes Torres

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State Office Address

230 N. 1st Avenue
Suite 506
Phoenix, Arizona 85003-1726
(602) 285-6300
(855) 220-1760

Price Support Programs

Farm Storage Facility Loans (FSFL) - The FSFL program offers low interest loans for construction of new grain, biomass, hay, or cold storage facilities. For more information, please read the FSFL Fact Sheet.

Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) - MAL is a low interest, short-term commodity loan that makes it possible for producers to store their grain while prices are typically lower and still have funds to maintain their operating expenses.

Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) Program - A producer who is eligible to obtain a loan, but who agrees to forgo the loan, may obtain an LDP. The LDP rate equals the amount by which the applicable loan rate where the commodity is stored exceeds the alternative loan repayment rate for the respective commodity. For more information, please read the MAL and LDP Fact Sheet.

Agricultural Specialist, Ryan Hunt: ryan.hunt@usda.gov

Disaster and Production Programs

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) - NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or prevents crop planting. For more information, please see the NAP Fact Sheet.

Dairy Margin Coverage Program for Dairy (DMC) –DMC is a voluntary risk management program for dairy producers. DMC replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). DMC continues to offer protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed price (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. For more information, please see our DMC Fact Sheet.

Livestock Indemnity Payment Program (LIP) - LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. For more information, please see our LIP Fact Sheet.

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) - ELAP provides payments to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish to help to compensate for losses due to disease (including cattle tick fever), adverse weather, or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. For further information, please see our ELAP Fact Sheet.

Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) - LFP

Provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses for covered livestock on land that is native or improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or is planted specifically for grazing. The grazing losses must be due to a qualifying drought condition during the normal grazing period for the county. LFP also provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses on rangeland managed by a federal agency if the eligible livestock producer is prohibited by the federal agency from grazing the normal permitted livestock on the managed rangeland due to a qualifying fire. For more information, please see our LFP Fact Sheet.

Conservation and Special Programs

The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) helps farmers and ranchers to repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters and to help put in place methods for water conservation during severe drought. The ECP does this by giving ranchers and farmers funding and assistance to repair the damaged farmland or to install methods for water conservation.

FSA also has a related program for emergency forest restoration. For more information, please see our ECP Fact Sheet.

Organic Certification Cost Share Program OCCSP

OCCSP provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP). Certified operations may receive up to 75 percent of their certification costs paid during the program year, not to exceed $750 per certification scope. For more information, please see our OCCSP Fact Sheet.

GIS, Compliance and Farm Records

Agricultural Specialist, Ryan Hunt: ryan.hunt@usda.gov

Common Provisions Programs

Payment Limitation (PL) and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) – PL and AGI is a means of determining eligibility for program participation. The total amount of payments received, directly and indirectly, by a person or legal entity is limited by the applicable program limitation. Most USDA programs administered by FSA require a producer to demonstrate control and risk in their operation. In addition, a producer must show financial independence to be separate and distinct from others. PL is a means to determine if the producer meets these requirements and ensures that the various program limitations are not exceeded by any one person or legal entity. For more information on PL, please refer to the PL Fact Sheet.

AGI provisions have been simplified and modified. Producers whose average AGI exceeds $900,000 are not eligible to receive payments or benefits from most programs administered by FSA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). For more information on AGI, please see the AGI Fact Sheet.

Agricultural Specialist, Colton Hernandez: colton.hernandez@usda.gov

Farm Loan Programs

About Farm Loans: USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes and guarantees loans and provides credit counseling and supervision to farmers and ranchers who are temporarily unable to obtain private, commercial credit. These may be beginning farmers who can't qualify for conventional loans because of insufficient net worth, or established farmers who have suffered financial setbacks from natural disasters. Loans may be used to purchase farm land, equipment, livestock or for annual operating expenses.

Direct Farm Operating Loans and Microloans - Eligible applicants may obtain direct loans for up to a maximum indebtedness of $300,000 and a direct operating Microloan for up to a maximum indebtedness of $50,000. Guaranteed farm loans are also available through FSA. Loan may be used to purchase farm land, equipment, livestock or for annual operating expenses.

Guaranteed Farm Loans are also available through FSA. Guaranteed loans are obtained from a commercial lender and can be for a maximum indebtedness of $1,399,000 and are made at the lenders rates and terms and the lender then applies to FSA for a guarantee. This encourages them to make loans they might not otherwise consider

Youth Loans - FSA makes loans to individual youths to establish and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, FFA and similar organizations.

Highly Fractionated Indian Land Loan Program - Provides a way for tribes and tribal members to obtain loans to purchase fractionated land interests through intermediary lenders.

Everyone needs financial help sometime. Perhaps FSA can help you with loan programs and services to meet your farming needs and help you to qualify for commercial credit.

More information on Farm Loan Programs you can click on the links below for Fact Sheets:

Farm Loan Information


Youth Loans

Guaranteed Loans

Highly Fractionated Indian Land Loan Program

Farm Loan Chief, Fred San Nicolas: fred.sannicolas@usda.gov