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  1. USDA Announces a Near-Record Year for Farm Loans

    Wed Jan 24, 2018 09:31 AM

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced another year of high activity in its farm loan programs. Hard-working farm families across the country accessed nearly $6 billion in new credit, either directly or guaranteed through commercial lenders in 2017. At year end, FSA was assisting more than 120,000 family farmers with loans totaling just over $25 billion.

  2. USDA Designates Sussex County in Delaware as a Primary Natural Disaster Area with Assistance to Producers in Maryland

    Wed Oct 18, 2017 07:09 AM

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Sussex County in Delaware as a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by excessive rainfall that occurred from July 28, 2017, through Sept. 21, 2017.

  3. USDA Issues Farm Safety Net and Conservation Payments Total Exceeds $9.6 Billion

    Wed Oct 4, 2017 09:46 AM

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2017 –Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that over $9.6 billion in payments will be made, beginning this week, to producers through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Conservation Reserve (CRP) programs.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing approximately $8 billion in payments under the ARC and PLC programs for the 2016 crop year, and $1.6 billion under CRP for 2017.

  4. Dairy Producers Can Enroll for 2018 Coverage Secretary Allows Producers to Opt Out

    Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that starting Sept. 1, 2017, dairy producers can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy).  Secretary Sonny Perdue has utilized additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers the option of opting out of the program for 2018.

  5. USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

    Fri May 26, 2017 10:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Wednesday, June 15, 2017. 

    “County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs,” said Acting FSA Administrator Chris Beyerhelm. “We strongly encourage all eligible producers to visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers.”