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Arkansas News Releases

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Danny Hoots

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  1. USDA Designates 28 Mississippi Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Fri Sep 24, 2021 02:45 PM
  2. USDA Extends Deadline to Apply for Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers with Animal Losses

    Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:00 AM
  3. USDA Accepts More than 2.5 Million Acres in Grassland CRP Signup, Double Last Year’s Signup

    Thu Sep 16, 2021 09:45 AM
  4. Lenders Can Now Apply for New Heirs’ Property Relending Program

    Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:00 AM

    ARKANSAS, August 30, 2021 – Intermediary lenders can now apply for loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program (HPRP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications today through October 29, 2021, and cooperatives, credit unions and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for these competitive loans, which ultimately will help agricultural producers and landowners resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues.  

  5. USDA Updates Pandemic Assistance for Livestock, Poultry Contract Producers and Specialty Crop Growers

    Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2021—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is updating the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) for contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry and producers of specialty crops and other sales-based commodities. CFAP 2, which assists producers who faced market disruptions in 2020 due to COVID-19, is part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set an Oct. 12 deadline for all eligible producers to apply for or modify applications for CFAP 2. 

  6. USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Costs for Organic Certification

    Fri Aug 20, 2021 08:30 AM
  7. Biden Administration to Invest $67 Million to Help Heirs Resolve Land Ownership and Succession Issues

    Tue Aug 3, 2021 02:00 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, AR, July 29, 2021– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $67 million in competitive loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program (HPRP), which aims to help agricultural producers and landowners resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues. Intermediary lenders -- cooperatives, credit unions, and nonprofit organizations – can apply for loans up to $5 million at 1% interest once the Farm Service Agency (FSA) opens the two-month signup window in late August. 

  8. Availability of Low-Interest Physical Loss Loans for Producers Affected by Natural Disasters Arkansas and Surrounding States

    Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:00 AM

    Physical loss loans can help producers repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agricultural operation, including livestock losses. Examples of property commonly affected include essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees and harvested or stored crops and hay.

  9. USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses

    Tue Jul 13, 2021 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, July 13, 2021— Livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack announced the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) in [recorded] remarks at the National Pork Industry Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI.  The announcement is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Livestock and poultry producers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) July 20 through Sept. 17, 2021.

  10. USDA Announces Dates for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands Signups

    Mon Jul 12, 2021 10:00 AM

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, July 12, 2021 –– Agricultural producers and landowners in Arkansas can apply for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup from today until August 20. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated signup options to provide greater incentives for producers and increased the program’s conservation and climate benefits, including setting a minimum rental rate and identifying two national priority zones.