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  1. USDA Designates Four Louisiana Parishes as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:31 AM

    Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Parishes Also Available 

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated four Louisiana parishes as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Avoyelles, Evangeline, Rapides, and St. Landry parishes who suffered losses caused by Hurricane Barry between July 12 and Aug. 16, 2019, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

  2. USDA Extends Deadlines for Dairy Margin Coverage, Market Facilitation Programs

    Wed Dec 11, 2019 01:15 PM

    New Signup Deadline Is December 20

    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 11, 2019 – Due to the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather events this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today extended the deadline to December 20 for producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for the 2020 calendar year. The deadline had been December 13.  USDA announced is also continuing to accept applications for the Market Facilitation Program through December 20.

  3. USDA to Open Signup for Conservation Reserve Program on December 9

    Thu Dec 5, 2019 03:20 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 5, 2019 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on December 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is February 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing.

  4. USDA Issues Second Tranche of Market Facilitation Program

    Fri Nov 15, 2019 02:35 PM

    (Washington, D.C., November 15, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50% they have already received from the 2019 MFP.

  5. Voting Begins for 2019 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

    Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:00 AM

    Eligible Voters to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 4 

    WASHINGTON, October 28, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots on November 4 to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections.