Steven E. Brown
Chairperson - Ken Rulon
Members - Allen Buchanan, Bill Gelfius and Clint Orr
Some USDA Service Centers in Indiana are allowing in-person office visits by appointment only. Our program delivery staff will be in the office and work with our producers in person, by phone, by email, or by using other online tools. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business should call ahead to confirm the office’s status and make an appointment before visiting. Visitors will be pre-screened based on health concerns or recent travel and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors will be required to wear a face covering during their appointment.
Online services are still available to customers, including our new Box and OneSpan functionality that enable customers to sign and share FSA and NRCS documents with USDA Service Center staff in just a few clicks. Producers can get started with a simple username and password for Box or, for OneSpan, a quick identity verification. Additional services are available to customers with an eAuth account, which provides access to the farmers.gov portal where producers can view USDA farm loan information and payments and view and track certain USDA program applications and payments. Through the FSA website, customers can access certain FSA programs and view FSA data, including maps, on FSAfarm+. Customers who do not already have an eAuth account can enroll at farmers.gov/sign-in.
For the most current updates on available services and flexibilities due to COVID-19, or to find contact information for your local Service Center farmers.gov/coronavirus.
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2
Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.
Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.
A call center will be available for producers who would like additional one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process. Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. To find the latest information on CFAP 2, including forms and the contact information for your local Service Center, visit farmers.gov/CFAP.
USDA Provides Resources, Hosts Webinar on Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2
CFAP 2 Eligible Commodities Finder
Interested in finding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 payment rates for the eligible commodities you grow or raise? Our new, easy-to-use CFAP 2 Eligible Commodities Finder makes finding payment rates specific to your operation simple. From yam to alpaca farmers – and everyone in between – the payment rate information you need is just a few clicks away. Visit farmers.gov/cfap and try it today on your desktop, tablet, or mobile device.
Sept. 24 Webinar
Join USDA as we introduce Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 via a webinar on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 3 p.m. EDT. Learn about expanded eligibility for certain commodities, new payment categories including a sales-based approach to specialty crops and other specific commodities, and information on how to apply.
Apply for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2
USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers multiple options for producers to apply for CFAP 2, including:
FSA will accept applications through Dec. 11, 2020. Get started with your CFAP 2 application today.
As you are gearing up for the 2020 harvest, we invite you to share your harvest progress by sending an email to email@example.com with landscape-orientation photos or videos under 10 seconds, a short description of your photo or video, your city and state, and your Twitter handle (if you have one).
In addition to harvest photos, you can send photos and videos of preparing for harvest as well as those that show any challenges along the way. This will be a way for you to show other farmers as well as Americans in general all of the hard work that goes into harvest on your farm.
You can follow along by checking back in periodically to see new harvest photos and videos. To view the #Harvest2020 progress, visit #Harvest2020.
Indiana businesses and residents affected by heavy rainfall and flooding on June 27, 2020 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The declaration covers Newton County, Indiana and the contiguous Indiana counties, Benton, Jasper and Lake also the contiguous Illinois Counties of Iroquois and Kankakee.
Anyone affected by these events – homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations – are eligible to apply. Loans can cover physical damage for individuals and businesses impacted, and economic injury for businesses that suffered due to the disaster. Interest rates can be as low as 1.25% for homeowners and renters, 2.75% for nonprofit organizations, and 3% for businesses. Repayment terms can extend as long as 30 years.
First Apply to: https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov
IN 16575 Agency Fact Sheet IN 16575 Virtual Agency Flyer
Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Open: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8am – 5pm
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays
Closed: Monday, Sept 7th in Observance of Labor Day
FOCE-Help@sba.gov Phone: 571.422.6016 or 571.422.1925
Application Filing Deadline: October 13, 2020
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Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process, producers doing business as an individual can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) a 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient www.farmers.gov. USDA eAuthentication does not have the mechanism to issue login accounts to businesses, corporations, other entities, or for anyone acting on behalf of another individual or entity. Producers, doing business as an individual, first need to sign up for Level 2 eAuthentication access.
Users with a secure Level 2 eAuthentication ID, linked to their USDA customer record, can apply for select USDA programs, view and print farm maps and farm records data. Enrolling is easy! Visit farmers.gov/sign-in to learn more.
To locate a service center near you or use online services not requiring eAuthentication access, visit www.farmers.gov. For technical assistance, call the eAuthentication help desk at 1-800-457-3642.
United States Department of Agriculture
Farm Service Agency
5981 Lakeside Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46278