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  1. USDA Reopens Continuous CRP Signup

    Wed May 15, 2019 12:13 PM

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) continuous 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

    Wed May 8, 2019 01:24 PM

    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 12:13 PM

    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 New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

    Wed May 1, 2019 03:08 PM

    USDA announced today the availability of a new web-based tool – developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. 

  5. Market Facilitation Program Deadline May 17

    Mon Apr 29, 2019 01:30 PM

    USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports.