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  1. USDA's Farm Service Agency Expands Bridges to Opportunity Nationwide

    Wed Jan 11, 2017 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the expansion of a unique service for farmers and ranchers. FSA’s Bridges to Opportunity program provides a one-stop-shop that connects producers with resources, programs and educational services offered across the department, as well as from other USDA partner organizations. Bridges to Opportunity, which currently provides enhanced customer support to more than 150,000 customers in 20 states, will expand to serve customers across the country before the end of the month using fiscal year 2016 funds.

  2. USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Investments in Iowa

    Tue Jan 3, 2017 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 3, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, John R. Whitaker announced today the addition of 115,000 acres that can be enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in Iowa for [critical wildlife and water quality efforts] in addition to the 5423 acres of CRP Grasslands announced in December.

  3. USDA Provides New Cost Share Opportunities for Organic Producers and Handlers

    Wed Dec 21, 2016 at 03:38 PM

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.

  4. USDA Announces Additional Financial Incentives for Conservation Reserve Program Participants to Improve Forest Health and Enhance Wildlife Habitat

    Fri Dec 9, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 9, 2016 – In an effort to improve wildlife habitat and the health of private forest lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced additional incentives available for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants to actively manage forest lands enrolled in the program.

  5. USDA Announces New Conservation Opportunities to Improve Water Quality and Restore Wildlife Habitat

    Wed Dec 7, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 7, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer farmers and ranchers more opportunities to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The announcement includes new CRP practices to protect water quality and adds an additional 1.1 million acres targeted to benefit wildlife, pollinators and wetlands.

  6. USDA Expands Farm Loans for Native Americans Farming and Ranching on Tribal Land

    Tue Dec 6, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    LAS VEGAS, Dec. 6, 2016 – Agriculture Under Secretary Michael T. Scuse today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved and obligated the first loan under the Highly Fractionated Indian Land Loan program (HFIL). The program, made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides revolving loan funds to qualified intermediary lenders, allowing qualified tribes and individuals the ability to purchase tribal farmland that has multiple owners. Scuse made the announcement during the Intertribal Agriculture Council Membership meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.

  7. USDA Partners with Farmers and Ranchers to Protect More Than 500,000 Acres of Working Grasslands

    Wed Nov 30, 2016 at 01:36 PM

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 – Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept more than 504,000 acres that were offered by producers during the recent ranking period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands enrollment. Through the voluntary CRP Grasslands program, grasslands threatened by development or conversion to row crops are maintained as livestock grazing areas, while providing important conservation benefits.

  8. Farm Service Agency Extends Voting Deadline for County Committee Elections

    Tue Nov 29, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John Whitaker, today announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote. Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016 to return ballots to their local FSA offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office.

  9. USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow the Bioeconomy and Improve Forest Health

    Thu Nov 17, 2016 at 09:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini has announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. The funds are from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. 

  10. FSA County Committee Elections to Begin; Producers to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 7

    Thu Nov 3, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2016 – Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2016 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 5, 2016, to ensure that their vote is counted.

  11. USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Iowa Farmers in Response to 2015 Market Downturn

    Thu Oct 6, 2016 at 05:24 PM

    (DES MOINES, Iowa), October 6, 2016 – USDA Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John Whitaker, announced that approximately 154,000 Iowa farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2015 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

  12. USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Farmers in Response to 2015 Market Downturn

    Tue Oct 4, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning today, many of the 1.7 million farms that enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year.

  13. USDA Services Can Help Individuals and Small Businesses Affected by Flooding in Iowa

    Wed Sep 28, 2016 at 01:42 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - September 28, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding in Iowa that USDA has several programs that provide assistance before, during and after disasters.  USDA staff in regional, state and county offices are ready to help.   

  14. USDA Announces Five Iowa Counties as Part of Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation

    Tue Sep 13, 2016 at 03:30 PM

    Des Moines, Iowa – September 13, 2016 – Iowa State Executive Director for USDA Farm Service Agency, John R Whitaker, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated five Iowa counties as part of a Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation. Farm operators who have suffered major production and/or physical losses caused by excessive rain, hail and high winds occurring June 21, 2016 through June 22, 2016 may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

  15. Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification for Eight Iowa Counties

    Tue Sep 13, 2016 at 02:12 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa – September 13, 2016 — Iowa State Executive Director for USDA Farm Service Agency, John R Whitaker, announced that Administrator Val Dolcini has made physical loss loans available for eight counties in Iowa. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by high winds, flooding, hail, and excessive rain that occurred from June 17 – 19, 2016 may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

  16. Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification for 11 Iowa Counties

    Tue Sep 13, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa – September 13, 2016 — Iowa State Executive Director for USDA Farm Service Agency, John R. Whitaker, announced that Administrator Val Dolcini has made physical loss loans available for 11 counties in Iowa. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by excessive rain, hail, high winds, lightening and a tornadoes that occurred from July 16, 2016 through July 17, 2016 may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

  17. Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification for Two Iowa Counties

    Tue Sep 13, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa – September 13, 2016 — Iowa State Executive Director for USDA Farm Service Agency, John R. Whitaker, announced that Administrator Val Dolcini has made physical loss loans available for two counties in Iowa. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by hail, high winds, tornadoes that occurred from June 12, 2016 through July 21, 2016 may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

  18. USDA Announces Availability of Additional Farm Loan Funding

    Fri Sep 2, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that additional funding will be made available to assist more than 1,900 approved applicants who are awaiting farm operating loans. The funds, which were reprogrammed by FSA with the approval of Congress, will leverage up to $185 million in additional lending for direct and guaranteed farm operation loans and will allow the agency to address up to 30 percent of its projected shortfall of funds until the next federal fiscal year resumes on Oct. 1.

     

    “Some of our farming and ranching customers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions and have been on a wait list for up to 60 days, so this will help those applicants whose paperwork has been pending the longest period of time to obtain credit or restructure loans as needed,” said Dolcini.  “While the backlog in loan applications will grow between now and the end of the fiscal year, it is important for borrowers to continue to apply since we will process loans on a first-come-first-served basis based on the application date, once funding is replenished in fiscal year 2017.”

  19. USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese for Food Banks and Families in Need, Continue to Assist Dairy Producers

    Tue Aug 23, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years. The purchase, valued at $20 million, will be provided to families in need across the country through USDA nutrition assistance programs, while assisting the stalled marketplace for dairy producers whose revenues have dropped 35 percent over the past two years.

  20. USDA Announces Safety Net Assistance for Milk Producers Due to Tightening Dairy Margins

    Thu Aug 4, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced approximately $11.2 million in financial assistance to American dairy producers enrolled in the 2016 Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). The payment rate for May/June 2016 will be the largest since the program began in 2014. The narrowing margin between milk prices and the cost of feed triggered the payments, as provided for by the 2014 Farm Bill.

  21. Iowa Producers Reminded of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for Farm Service Agency County Committees

    Mon Jul 25, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa, July 25, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John Whitaker, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, 2016, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

  22. USDA Reminds Iowa Producers of Aug. 1 Deadline to Enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs

    Thu Jul 21, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa, July 21, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John Whitaker reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.

  23. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 7-13 “National Farmers Market Week”

    Mon Jul 11, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, July 11, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 7-13, 2016, as "National Farmers Market Week." This year marks the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week to honor and celebrate the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.

  24. Dairy Producers Can Enroll Today to Protect Milk Production Margins

    Thu Jun 30, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa, June 30, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Iowa today announced that dairy producers can enroll for 2017 coverage in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) starting July 1. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the producer.

  25. During National Pollinator Week, USDA Announces Key Measures to Improve Pollinator Health

    Thu Jun 23, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 – Today, during National Pollinator Week and in advance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) seventh annual Pollinator Week Festival, the USDA is announcing two initiatives in support of the President’s National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and Other Pollinators

  26. USDA Unveils New Improvement to Streamline Crop Reporting

    Tue May 31, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, May 31, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location.

  27. USDA Extends Deadline for Recording Farm Structure

    Fri May 27, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, May 27, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for the applicable program year. Farming operations will now have until July 1 to complete their restructuring or finalize any operational change. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued the extension in response to farmers and ranchers who requested more time to comply, and to assure that everyone has enough time to provide their information under the new rules.

  28. USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow and Harvest Biomass for Energy and Biobased Products

    Mon May 23, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, May 23, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. The funds come through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

  29. USDA Offers Targeted Farm Loan Funding for Underserved Groups and Beginning Farmers

    Mon May 23, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa, May 23, 2016 - USDA Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John Whitaker, reminds producers that FSA offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.

  30. USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment

    Tue May 10, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa, May 10, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program recently during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets.

  31. USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Results

    Thu May 5, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the enrollment of more than 800,000 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Through CRP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) helps farmers offset the costs of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and strengthen wildlife habitat. Farmers’ and ranchers’ participation in CRP continues to provide numerous benefits to our nation, including helping reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gases and providing resiliency to future weather changes.

  32. USDA Establishes New Partnership to Link Underserved Farmers to FSA Programs

    Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 – The U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) today announced cooperative agreements with 55 partners to educate farmers and other producers that have been underserved by USDA programs historically about Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs that provide financial, disaster or technical support. Nearly $2.5 million will go to nonprofits, associations, universities, and foundations that will provide training and information on agricultural best practices, local networking opportunities, and more.

  33. USDA Expands Safety-Net for Dairy Operations Adding Next-Generation Family Members

    Tue Apr 12, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) can now update their production history when an eligible family member joins the operation. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.

  34. USDA Financial Assistance Available to Help Organic Farmers Create Conservation Buffers

    Fri Feb 26, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    LA CROSSE, Wis., Feb. 26, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its intent to assist organic farmers with the cost of establishing up to 20,000 acres of new conservation buffers and other practices on and near farms that produce organic crops. USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, Brad Pfaff, issued the announcement today at the Midwest Organics and Sustainable Education Service conference in La Crosse, Wis.

  35. USDA Sees Strong Demand for Conservation Reserve Program

    Thu Feb 11, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part due a statutory limit on the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program. The most competitive applications will be those that combine multiple conservation benefits, such as water quality and wildlife habitat.

  36. USDA To Offer Certificates for Farm Commodities Pledged to Marketing Loans

    Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that producers who have crops pledged as collateral for a marketing assistance loan can now purchase a commodity certificate that may be exchanged for the outstanding loan collateral. The authority is provided by the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, legislation enacted by Congress in December. Commodity certificates are available beginning with the 2015 crop in situations where the applicable marketing assistance loan rate exceeds the exchange rate. Currently, the only eligible commodity is cotton.

  37. USDA Begins 49th Enrollment Period for the Conservation Reserve Program

    Tue Dec 1, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) begins today, Dec. 1, 2015, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

  38. USDA Improves Access to Capital for Tribal Farmlands with Multiple Owners

    Tue Dec 1, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it is expanding the availability of farm loans for Indian tribes and members to purchase tribal farmland that has multiple owners. The improved lending opportunities are possible due to new authority granted by the 2014 Farm Bill, which allows USDA to provide revolving loan funds to qualified intermediary lenders that can relend the funds to qualified tribes and individuals. The program becomes available today, Dec.1, 2015.

  39. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Announces New USDA Commitments to Help Build Up Next Generation Farmers and Ranchers

    Thu Oct 29, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    LOUISVILLE, October 29, 2015—Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced a commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started.

  40. USDA Announces $210 Million to be Invested in Renewable Energy Infrastructure through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

    Wed Oct 28, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    KISSIMMEE, Fla., Oct. 28, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with 21 states through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to nearly double the number of fueling pumps nationwide that supply renewable fuels to American motorists. In May 2015, USDA announced the availability of $100 million in grants through the BIP, and that to apply states and private partners match the federal funding by a 1:1 ratio. USDA received applications requesting over $130 million, outpacing the $100 million that is available. With the matching commitments by state and private entities, the BIP is investing a total of $210 million to strengthen the rural economy.

  41. USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Farmers Facing Market Downturn

    Mon Oct 26, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2015 — The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that beginning today, nearly one half of the 1.7 million farms that signed up for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments for the 2014 crop year.

  42. USDA Commits $2.5 Million to Expand New Farmer Education

    Thu Oct 22, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 22, 2015 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that $2.5 million in grants is now available for projects to educate new and underserved farmers about more than 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency programs that can provide financial, disaster or technical assistance to the agricultural community.

  43. USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadline

    Tue Sep 22, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the deadline to enroll for the dairy Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016 has been extended until Nov. 20, 2015. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

  44. USDA Commodity Loans Available to Iowa Producers

    Mon Sep 14, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa, September 14, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John Whitaker reminds producers that USDA offers interim financing at harvest time to help producers meet cash flow needs without having to sell commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows. The programs, known as Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs), were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill for the 2014-2018 crop years.

  45. Deadline to Enroll in Key Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Approaches

    Thu Sep 3, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Sept. 30 to enroll in several key Farm Bill safety net programs – Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).

  46. Iowa Farm Service Agency Accepting More Acres for Wildlife Habitat Restoration

    Thu Aug 27, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, August 27, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John R. Whitaker, today announced that an additional 75,000 acres of agricultural land in Iowa is eligible for funding for wildlife habitat restoration though the Gaining Ground component of the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) program.

  47. USDA Designates 98 Counties in Missouri as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

    Wed Aug 26, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 98 counties in Missouri as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred from March 1, 2015, and continues. Those counties are:

  48. USDA Announces Incentives to Establish Biomass Crops

    Wed Aug 19, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that enrollment begins today for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for energy or biobased products within designated projects areas. The funds are available from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

  49. USDA Adds More Eligible Commodities for Farm Storage Facility Loans

    Mon Aug 17, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program, which provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities, will now include dairy, flowers and meats as eligible commodities.

  50. USDA Designates 87 Counties in Illinois as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

    Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 87 counties in Illinois as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred during the period of June 1, 2015, and continues. Those counties are:

  51. Farmers to Receive Documentation of USDA Services

    Thu Jul 2, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    (DES MOINES, IOWA), July 2, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John Whitaker reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs.

  52. USDA Opens Enrollment Period for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Safety-Net Programs

    Tue Jun 16, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015.

  53. USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

    Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

  54. USDA Finalizes Procedures for Sorghum Referendum

    Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    DES MOINES, March 27, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing procedures for the referendum regarding the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program.

  55. USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

    Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.

  56. USDA Creates More Bird Habitat Opportunities on Irrigated Farmland

    Mon Jan 26, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Jan 26, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that the Conservation Reserve Program now will encourage more bird habitats to be established in irrigated farmland regions.

  57. USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline

    Wed Jan 21, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.