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  1. USDA Reopens Continuous CRP Signup

    Wed May 15, 2019 10:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, May 15, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs.

  2. USDA Announces March Income Over Feed Cost Margin Triggers Third 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

    Wed May 8, 2019 09:21 AM

    WASHINGTON, May 8, 2019 — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.85 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

  3. USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers' Cost for Organic Certification

    Tue May 7, 2019 08:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, May 6, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

  4. USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

    Wed May 1, 2019 07:38 AM

    WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today the availability of a new web-based tool – developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

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

    Tue Apr 30, 2019 05:09 PM

    (Bangor, ME), April 24, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Maine Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, David R. Lavway reminds producers that FSA offers specially targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.