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  1. USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Marketing Assistance Loan Deadlines

    Fri May 24, 2019 02:49 PM

    WASHINGTON, May 24, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers of the May 31, 2019, deadline to apply for crop year 2018 marketing assistance loans for feed grains, upland cotton, soybeans and minor oilseeds.

  2. USDA Extends Deadline to May 17 for Producers to Certify 2018 Crop Production for Market Facilitation Program Payments

    Wed May 1, 2019 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON, April 29, 2019 – 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. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying production.

  3. USDA Announces February Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers Second 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

    Thu Apr 18, 2019 01:23 PM

    WASHINGTON, April 18, 2019 — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the February 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.22 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the second payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

  4. On Connecticut's Farms, Every Day is Earth Day

    Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:22 PM

    At USDA offices in Connecticut, we celebrate Earth Day 2019 by offering a big thank-you to our farmers for all they do. Every day we see their efforts to conserve natural resources while producing food, fiber, and fuel for people in the state and around the world. They are doing what needs to be done to ensure we all enjoy the benefits of clean and plentiful water, as well as healthy soils, ecosystems, and wildlife habitat.

  5. USDA Announces Buy Up Coverage Availabilty and New Service Fees for Nonisured Crop Coverage Policies

    Mon Apr 8, 2019 01:46 PM

    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program, beginning April 8, 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested in obtaining NAP coverage.