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  1. USDA Offers Secure, Convenient Online Business Options

    Wed Oct 17, 2018 01:00 PM

    Farmers, Ranchers and Foresters Encouraged to Sign-In/Sign-Up

    SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS – October 17, 2018 - Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers in Illinois have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process producers can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient https://www.farmers.gov/sign-in.

  2. USDA Adds Shelled Almonds and Fresh Sweet Cherries to Market Facilitation Program

    Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:20 AM

    Department Amends Timeline for Hog Operations

    (SPRINGFIELD, IL), September 27, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the addition of commodities to the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  Starting Monday, September 24, producers of shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries may apply for Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.  In addition, the timeline for hog producers has been extended.

  3. USDA Launches Trade Mitigation Programs

    Thu Sep 6, 2018 02:30 PM

    (SPRINGFIELD, IL), September 6, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), while USDA will also begin to purchase identified commodities under a food purchase and distribution program.  Additionally, USDA has begun accepting proposals for the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP), which will help American farmers find and access new markets for their products.  In total, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with World Trade Organization obligations.

  4. USDA Authorizes CP8A Practice for Emergency Haying and Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program Acres in Henderson, Mercer, and Warren Counties

    Tue Sep 4, 2018 10:58 AM

    (SPRINGFIELD, IL), August 28, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director William Graff today announced that the CP8A practice is now authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year 2018 in Henderson, Mercer, and Warren Counties. FSA's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.

  5. USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

    Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:26 PM

    (SPRINGFIELD, IL), August 27, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations.  President Donald J. Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally.  As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations.