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  1. Lenders Can Now Apply for New Heirs’ Property Relending Program

    Tue Aug 31, 2021 06:52 AM

    INDIANA, August 30, 2021 – Intermediary lenders can now apply for loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program (HPRP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications today through October 29, 2021, and cooperatives, credit unions and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for these competitive loans, which ultimately will help agricultural producers and landowners resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues.  

  2. USDA Updates Pandemic Assistance for Livestock, Poultry Contract Producers and Specialty Crop Growers

    Tue Aug 24, 2021 04:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2021—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is updating the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) for contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry and producers of specialty crops and other sales-based commodities. CFAP 2, which assists producers who faced market disruptions in 2020 due to COVID-19, is part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set an Oct. 12 deadline for all eligible producers to apply for or modify applications for CFAP 2. 

  3. USDA Accepts 2.8 Million Acres for the Conservation Reserve Program

    Tue Aug 24, 2021 11:30 AM

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted 2.8 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in 2021. This year, almost 1.9 million acres in offers have been accepted through the General CRP Signup, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has accepted over 897,000 acres for enrollment through the Continuous Signup.  The Continuous Signup remains open and CRP Grasslands Signup closed last week, so USDA expects to enroll more acres into all of CRP than the 3 million acres that are expiring.

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

    Wed Aug 18, 2021 08:30 AM

    Indiana, Aug. 17, 2021 – Organic producers and handlers can now apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification. Applications for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) are due Nov. 1, 2021.  

  5. USDA Offers Farm Loans for Underserved & Beginning Farmers

    Mon Aug 9, 2021 08:02 AM

    Indianapolis, Indiana, August 9, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. Underserved or beginning farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank can apply for FSA direct or guaranteed loans.

  6. Biden Administration to Invest $67 Million to Help Heirs Resolve Land Ownership and Succession Issues

    Thu Jul 29, 2021 05:00 PM

    Indianapolis, IN, July 29, 2021The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $67 million in competitive loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program (HPRP), which aims to help agricultural producers and landowners resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues. Intermediary lenders -- cooperatives, credit unions, and nonprofit organizations – can apply for loans up to $5 million at 1% interest once the Farm Service Agency (FSA) opens the two-month signup window in late August. 

  7. USDA Announces Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers

    Wed Jul 21, 2021 09:16 AM

    Farm Service Agency Will Begin Accepting Applications On July 22 

    WASHINGTON, July 20, 2021— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing up to $200 million to provide relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses due to COVID-19 as part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Loggers and truckers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) July 22 through Oct. 15, 2021. The Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers program (PATHH) is administered by FSA in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

  8. Deadline Fast Approaching for Conservation Reserve Program General Signup

    Mon Jul 19, 2021 03:40 PM

    Indianapolis, Indiana, July 19, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Indiana is reminding producers and landowners that the signup deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) current general signup is fast approaching. Eligible producers must submit their offers by July 23, 2021.

  9. USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses

    Tue Jul 13, 2021 04:20 PM

    Farm Service Agency Will Begin Taking Applications for Indemnity Program July 20

    WASHINGTON, July 13, 2021— Livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack announced the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) in [recorded] remarks at the National Pork Industry Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI.  The announcement is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Livestock and poultry producers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) July 20 through Sept. 17, 2021.

     

  10. USDA Announces Dates for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands Signups

    Mon Jul 12, 2021 04:30 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 12, 2021 –– Agricultural producers and landowners in Indiana can apply for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup from today until August 20. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated signup options to provide greater incentives for producers and increased the program’s conservation and climate benefits, including setting a minimum rental rate and identifying two national priority zones.