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  1. USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

    Thu Sep 24, 2020 08:27 AM

    Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Begins Sept. 21

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, September 23, 2020 – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) began September 21, 2020, and run through December 11, 2020.

  2. USDA Reminds Farmers of September 30 Deadline to Update Safety-Net Program Crop Yields

    Tue Sep 8, 2020 09:55 PM

    Don’t Miss This One-Time Opportunity - First Since 2014

    SPRINFIELD, Illinois, September 8, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farm owners that they have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program yields for covered commodities on the farm. The deadline is September 30, 2020, to update yields, which are used to calculate the PLC payments for 2020 through 2023. Additionally, producers who elected Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) should also consider updating their yields.

  3. Deadline Approaching for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    Tue Sep 8, 2020 09:03 PM

    Application Deadline is September 11

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, September 1, 2020 –U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is September 11, 2020.  This program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

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

    Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:37 PM

    ILLINOIS, Springfield, August 21, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for eligible certification expenses paid between Oct. 1, 2019, and Sept. 30, 2020, are due Oct. 31, 2020.

  5. New USDA Survey to Measure Areas for Improvement

    Thu Aug 13, 2020 02:47 PM

    ILLINOIS, Springfield, August 12, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA).