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  1. USDA Reminds Producers of Disaster Program Deadlines

    Wed Nov 14, 2018 08:20 AM

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD), November 14, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Jim Eichhorst reminds Maryland producers who experienced losses from natural disasters during the 2017 and 2018 calendar years that they may be eligible for assistance through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP), Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

  2. FSA County Committee Elections to Begin; Producers to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 5

    Wed Nov 7, 2018 08:22 AM

    Farmers and Ranchers Have a Voice in Local Farm Program Decisions

    ANNAPOLIS, MD, Nov. 06, 2018 – Maryland Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Jim Eichhorst today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible agricultural producers for the 2018 FSA county committee elections on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 3, 2018, to ensure their vote is counted.

  3. USDA Offers Secure, Convenient Online Business Options

    Thu Oct 18, 2018 09:38 AM

    ANNAPOLIS, MD – Oct. 18, 2018 - Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers in Maryland have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process producers can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient

  4. USDA Issues Safety-Net and Conservation Payments to Maryland Farmers

    Thu Oct 18, 2018 09:32 AM

    (ANNAPOLIS, MD) -- Oct. 18, 2018 – USDA Maryland Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Jim Eichhorst, announced that approximately $5.8 million will be paid to Maryland farms that enrolled in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for 2017 market downturns. Additionally, Maryland FSA will distribute $10.6 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to landowners for their commitment to conservation stewardship.

  5. USDA Adds Shelled Almonds and Fresh Sweet Cherry to Market Facilitation Program

    Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the addition of commodities to the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Starting Monday, Sept. 24, producers of shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries may apply for Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. In addition, the timeline for hog producers has been extended.