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  1. USDA Announces Cooperative Agreements for Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction

    Mon May 11, 2020 11:17 PM

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $900,000 for local governments to host a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot project for fiscal year (FY) 2020. The cooperative agreements will support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. The agreements are offered through USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production.

  2. USDA Announces Loan Maturity for Marketing Assistance Loans Now Extended to 12 Months

    Fri Apr 10, 2020 07:27 PM

    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020 – Agricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The loans now mature at 12 months rather than nine, and this flexibility is available for most commodities.

  3. FSA Makes Changes to Farm Loan, Disaster, Conservation and Safety Net Programs to Make it Easier for Customers to Conduct Business

    Thu Mar 26, 2020 09:06 PM

    DENVER, CO, March 26, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices are open in Colorado by phone appointment only until further notice, and FSA staff are available to continue helping agricultural producers with program signups, loan servicing and other important actions. Additionally, FSA is relaxing the loan-making process and adding flexibilities for servicing direct and guaranteed loans to provide credit to producers in need.

  4. USDA Announces More Than 3.4 Million Acres Selected for General Signup Conservation Reserve Program

    Thu Mar 26, 2020 02:21 PM

    DENVER, COLORADO, March 26, 2020 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the acceptance of more than 3.4 million acres in the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup recently completed, the first general signup enrollments since 2016. County offices will begin notifying producers with accepted offers no later than April 3.

  5. USDA Designates 21 Colorado Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:17 PM

    WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 21 Colorado counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.