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Christy Marshall

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  1. USDA Expands Local, Electronic Communication Options for Florida Producers

    Tue Oct 5, 2021 08:06 AM

    GAINESVILLE, Fla., – October 5, 2021 – Agricultural producers in Florida can now signup to receive free email and text messages directly from their local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center for information related to loans, farm disaster assistance, conservation programs, crop insurance and other USDA programs. USDA is expanding the service that the Farm Service Agency (FSA) has used for years to now include local information from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Risk Management Agency (RMA), and other USDA agencies.

  2. Higher Loan Limit Now Available for USDA Guaranteed Farm Loans

    Mon Oct 4, 2021 02:24 PM

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing a higher loan limit will be available for borrowers seeking a guaranteed farm loan starting Oct. 1, 2021, from $1.776 million to $1.825 million.

  3. USDA Extends Deadline to Apply for Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers with Animal Losses

    Thu Sep 16, 2021 01:43 PM

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2021The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing additional time for livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP). Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through Oct. 12, 2021, rather than the original deadline of Sept. 17, 2021. PLIP is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

  4. USDA Accepts More than 2.5 Million Acres in Grassland CRP Signup, Double Last Year’s Signup

    Mon Sep 13, 2021 09:10 AM

    GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, September 13, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup. This is double last year’s enrollment and brings the total acres enrolled across all CRP signups in 2021 to more than 5.3 million acres, surpassing USDA’s 4-million-acre goal. Producers and landowners submitted offers for nearly 4 million acres in Grassland CRP, the highest in the signup’s history. 

  5. USDA Expands Assistance to Cover Feed Transportation Costs for Drought-Impacted Ranchers in Florida

    Wed Sep 8, 2021 04:00 PM

    GAINESVILLE, Fla., September 8, 2021— In response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing. USDA is updating the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) to immediately cover feed transportation costs for drought impacted ranchers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide more details and tools to help Florida ranchers get ready to apply at their local USDA Service Center later this month at fsa.usda.gov/elap.

  6. Lenders Can Now Apply for New Heirs’ Property Relending Program

    Mon Aug 30, 2021 04:00 PM

    FLORIDA, August 30, 2021 – Intermediary lenders can now apply for loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program (HPRP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications today through October 29, 2021, and cooperatives, credit unions and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for these competitive loans, which ultimately will help agricultural producers and landowners resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues.  

  7. USDA Updates Pandemic Assistance for Livestock, Poultry Contract Producers and Specialty Crop Growers

    Wed Aug 25, 2021 06:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2021—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is updating the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) for contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry and producers of specialty crops and other sales-based commodities. CFAP 2, which assists producers who faced market disruptions in 2020 due to COVID-19, is part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set an Oct. 12 deadline for all eligible producers to apply for or modify applications for CFAP 2. 

  8. USDA Accepts 2.8 Million Acres for the Conservation Reserve Program

    Mon Aug 23, 2021 02:07 PM

    FLORIDA, Aug. 23, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted 2.8 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in 2021. This year, almost 1.9 million acres in offers have been accepted through the General CRP Signup, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has accepted over 897,000 acres for enrollment through the Continuous Signup.  The Continuous Signup remains open and CRP Grasslands Signup closed last week, so USDA expects to enroll more acres into all of CRP than the 3 million acres that are expiring.

  9. USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Costs for Organic Certification

    Tue Aug 17, 2021 01:00 PM

    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 17, 2021Organic producers and handlers can now apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification. Applications for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) are due Nov. 1, 2021. 

  10. USDA Designates Seven Georgia Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Fri Jul 30, 2021 04:00 PM

    This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.