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  1. Farmers and Ranchers in Louisiana Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    Tue May 26, 2020 12:12 PM

    Online Tools and Toll-Free Number Available to Assist Producers 

    ALEXANDRIA, LA, May 26, 2020 – Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation.

  2. FSA Expands Set-Aside Loan Provision for Customers Impacted by COVID-19

    Thu May 21, 2020 03:58 PM

    Set-Aside Delays Loan Payments for Borrowers 

    WASHINGTON, May 21, 2020– USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible, to have their next payment set aside. In some cases, FSA may also set aside a second payment for farmers who have already had one payment set aside because of a prior designated disaster.

  3. March Margin Triggers Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment

    Thu May 21, 2020 10:28 AM

    Income-over-feed margin for March triggers first payment for 2020 

    WASHINGTON, May 20, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2020 income over feed cost margin was $9.15 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the first payment of 2020 for dairy producers who purchased the appropriate level of coverage under the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

  4. USDA Offers Farm Loans for Farmers Facing Covid-19 Related Challenges

    Thu May 21, 2020 10:20 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, LA, May 21, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to agricultural producers who may not find success obtaining loans from their traditional financial institutions because of COVID-19. Farmers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank can apply for FSA direct or guaranteed loans.

  5. USDA Offers Low-Interest Loans for Agricultural Producers in Arkansas Impacted by Natural Disasters

    Wed May 20, 2020 08:42 AM

    Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border States Also Available

     ALEXANDRIA, LA, May 20, 2020 — Arkansas 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 to agricultural producers who incurred losses due to excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, hail, high winds, lightning, and tornadoes that occurred on Feb. 24 through April 29, 2020. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due by Jan. 8, 2021.