News Releases

RSS Link
  1. USDA Authorizes Additional County for Emergency Haying and Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program Acres

    Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:10 AM

    (SPRINGFIELD, IL), August 9, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director William Graff today announced that Henderson County is now authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year 2018. Adams, Hancock, McDonough, and Warren Counties were authorized on August 2, 2018. FSA's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.

  2. Deadline Approaches for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

    Thu Aug 9, 2018 08:58 AM

    Producers Must File by August 17, One-Year Extension Available to Holders of Many Expiring Contracts

    (SPRINGFIELD, IL), August 8, 2018 – Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminded producers today that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.

  3. USDA Authorizes Emergency Haying and Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program Acres for 4 Illinois Counties

    Mon Aug 6, 2018 09:11 AM

    (SPRINGFIELD, IL), August 3, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director William Graff today announced that 4 counties are authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year 2018.  FSA's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.

  4. USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to June 22

    Thu Jun 14, 2018 04:07 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, June 14, 2018 - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy will be extended until June 22, 2018. The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant. USDA has already issued more than $89 million for margins triggered in February, March, and April, and USDA offices are continuing to process remaining payments daily.

  5. USDA Partners with Texas A&M to Help Veterans Seeking Agriculture Loans and Careers

    Wed Jun 6, 2018 11:47 AM

    SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, May 31, 2018 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service to help military veterans obtain loans and pursue careers as farmers and ranchers.  Secretary Perdue joined local dignitaries, members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and community leaders at the Dallas Farmers Market to unveil the new pilot program.