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  1. USDA Designates Three Connecticut Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Wed Mar 27, 2019 09:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, March 26, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated three Connecticut counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Fairfield, Litchfield and New London counties who suffered losses caused by excessive rainfall that occurred from Aug.1, 2018, through Nov. 30, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

  2. USDA Outlines Eligibility for 2019 Supplemental Coverage Option Regarding Electons for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage

    Thu Mar 14, 2019 02:16 PM

    WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced this week that producers who purchased or plan to purchase the 2019 Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) policy should report Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) election intentions to their crop insurance agent by March 15, 2019, or the acreage reporting date, whichever is later.

  3. USDA Announces Margin Triggers First 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

    Thu Mar 7, 2019 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

  4. USDA to Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session

    Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation.

  5. FSA County Committee Elections Begin; Producers to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 5

    Mon Nov 5, 2018 12:56 PM

    Tolland, CT, Nov. 5, 2018 – Connecticut Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Clark Chapin announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots to eligible agricultural producers for the 2018 FSA county committee elections on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 3, 2018, to ensure their vote is counted.