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

    Fri Sep 21, 2018 04:34 PM

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 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, Sept. 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.

  2. USDA Launches Trade Mitigation Programs

    Tue Sep 4, 2018 01:00 PM

    (Washington, D.C., September 4, 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. 

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

    Mon Aug 27, 2018 06:00 PM

    (Washington, D.C., 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.

  4. Low-Interest Loans Available for Agricultural Producers in Indiana Impacted by Natural Disasters

    Fri Aug 24, 2018 03:00 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Aug. 24, 2018 — Indiana agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) physical loss loans. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these low-interest loans for losses caused by high winds, hail and multiple tornadoes that occurred on July 20, 2018. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock.

  5. Deadline Approaches for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

    Tue Aug 7, 2018 11:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, August 7, 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.