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  1. Farmers and Ranchers in Maryland Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program: Online Tools and Toll-Free Number Available to Assist Producers

    Tue May 26, 2020 12:00 PM

    Annapolis, MD, 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. USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    Tue May 19, 2020 12:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need.

  3. FSA Reminds Producers of Ongoing Disaster Assistance Program Signup: Payments Have Started for Producers Impacted by Drought, Excess Moisture

    Fri May 1, 2020 05:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, May 1, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has started making payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program – Plus (WHIP+) to agricultural producers who suffered eligible losses because of drought or excess moisture in 2018 and 2019. Signup for these causes of loss opened March 23, and producers who suffered losses from drought (in counties designated D3 or above), excess moisture, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, snowstorms or wildfires can still apply for assistance through WHIP+.

  4. Enrollment for 2020 Safety-Net Programs Fast Approaching – June 30 Deadline

    Wed Apr 22, 2020 01:53 PM

    Challenges and uncertainties are synonymous with farming and ranching. To say these are challenging, uncertain times is an understatement. But, as is their inherent nature, farmers and ranchers will certainly adapt and persevere, and we at USDA are here to help them.

  5. USDA Announces Loan Maturity for Marketing Assistance Loans Now Extended to 12 Months

    Mon Apr 13, 2020 09:07 AM

    Agricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The loans now mature at 12 months rather than nine, and this flexibility is available for most commodities.