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  1. USDA Service Center in Augusta Prepares for Office Move

    Mon Aug 26, 2019 09:09 AM

    BANGOR, Maine, Aug. 26, 2019 – The USDA Service Center in Augusta, which serves customers in Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln counties, is moving its offices from the location at 21 Enterprise Drive. The service center houses USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA), along with the Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District. The last day of operations in the Augusta office will be Friday, Aug. 30.

  2. Farm Service Agency Expands Payment Options

    Wed Aug 21, 2019 07:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 20, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is expanding its payment options to now accept debit cards and Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit. These paperless payment options enable FSA customers to pay farm loan payments, measurement service fees, farm program debt repayments and administrative service fees, as well as to purchase aerial maps.

  3. Nearly 17,000 Dairy Operations Enrolled in Dairy Margin Coverage Program

    Mon Aug 19, 2019 02:56 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that producers of nearly 17,000 dairy operations have signed up for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program since signup opened June 17. Producers interested in 2019 coverage must sign up before Sept. 20, 2019.

  4. Report: Farmers Prevented from Planting Crops on More than 19 Million Acres

    Tue Aug 13, 2019 08:06 AM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2019 – Agricultural producers reported they were not able to plant crops on more than 19.4 million acres in 2019, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This marks the most prevented plant acres reported since USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began releasing the report in 2007 and 17.49 million acres more than reported at this time last year.

  5. USDA Opens Signup for Market Facilitation Program

    Sat Aug 3, 2019 11:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, July 29, 2019 – Signup opens today for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted producers, part of a broader trade relief package announced in late July. The sign-up period runs through Dec. 6.