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  1. USDA Expands Sign Up for Georgians Affected by Hurricane Michael

    Tue Mar 19, 2019 01:51 PM

    ATHENS, GA, March 18, 2019 — State leaders for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced another sign up for Georgia’s farmers, ranchers and forestland owners who suffered damage to working lands due to Hurricane Michael but were not eligible for previous sign ups.

  2. USDA to Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session

    Fri Feb 15, 2019 01:54 PM

    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.

  3. USDA Reminds Producers of Feb. 14 Deadline for Market Facilitation Program

    Fri Feb 15, 2019 01:48 PM

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2019 – Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than 864,000 producers have applied, supporting those hit hard with nearly $8 billion in estimated payments.

  4. USDA Designates 76 Georgia Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Fri Dec 21, 2018 06:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2018 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 76 Georgia counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to Hurricane Michael that occurred Oct. 9 through Oct. 11, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

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

    Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:54 AM

    Athens, GA, Oct. 30, 2018 – Georgia Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Tas Smith today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin 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.