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  1. After Identifying Gaps in Previous Aid, USDA Announces ‘Pandemic Assistance for Producers’ to Distribute Resources More Equitably

    Wed Mar 24, 2021 05:00 PM

    Washington, D.C., March 24, 2021 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative—USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers—will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new programs. The Department will also develop rules for new programs that will put a greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, timber harvesters, as well as provide support for the food supply chain and producers of renewable fuel, among others. Existing programs like the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will fall within the new initiative and, where statutory authority allows, will be refined to better address the needs of producers.

  2. Conservation Reserve Program General Signup Begins Today and Ends February 12

    Mon Jan 4, 2021 04:00 PM

    Maryland, Jan. 4, 2021 – Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can sign up for the popular program beginning today, Jan. 4, 2021, until Feb. 12, 2021. The competitive program, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.

  3. USDA Announces Increase to Certain Incentive Payments for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program

    Wed Dec 9, 2020 03:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is increasing incentive payments for practices installed on land enrolled in the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is upping the Practice Incentive Payment for installing practices, from 5 percent to 20 percent. Additionally, producers will receive a 10 percent incentive payment for water quality practices on land enrolled in CRP’s continuous signup. FSA administers CRP on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation.

  4. 2020 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Underway

    Mon Nov 9, 2020 03:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has mailed ballots for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country. To be counted, ballots must be returned to the local FSA county office or postmarked by December 7.

  5. USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus: Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Begins Sept. 21

    Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020.

  6. Deadline Approaching for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program: Application Deadline is Sept. 11

    Tue Sep 1, 2020 05:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is Sept. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

  7. USDA Announces More Eligible Commodities for CFAP: Application Deadline Extended to Sept. 11, and Producers Who Have Approved Applications to Receive Final Payments

    Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:00 AM

    Washington, D.C., Aug. 11, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that additional commodities are covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) in response to public comments and data. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline to apply for the program to September 11th, and producers with approved applications will receive their final payment. After reviewing over 1,700 responses, even more farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity for assistance to help keep operations afloat during these tough times.

  8. USDA Offers Annual Installment Deferral Option for Farm Storage Facility Loan Borrowers

    Thu Aug 6, 2020 05:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2020 – To assist Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) borrowers experiencing financial hardship from the pandemic and other challenges in production agriculture, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is offering a one-time annual installment payment deferral option. No fees or prepayment penalties apply for borrowers who choose this FSFL loan flexibility option.

  9. USDA Reminds Maryland Producers to Complete Crop Acreage Reports

    Sun Jul 5, 2020 12:00 PM

    Annapolis, Maryland, June 01, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds Maryland producers to complete crop acreage reports by the applicable deadline for their county. Acreage reporting dates vary by crop and by county. Contact your FSA county office for a list of acreage reporting deadlines by crop.

  10. USDA Dairy Safety-Net Program Signup to Begin October 12 for the 2021 Coverage Period: Income-over-feed margin for April triggers second payment for 2020

    Wed Jun 24, 2020 05:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, June 18, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces that Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) safety-net signup for 2021 coverage will begin October 12 and will run through December 11, 2020. DMC has already triggered payments for two months for producers who signed up for 2020 coverage.