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  1. USDA Designates Six Massachusetts Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Wed Mar 27, 2019 06:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, March 26, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated six Massachusetts counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Berkshire, Bristol, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties who suffered losses caused by excessive rainfall and moisture that occurred on or after July 17, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

  2. USDA Outlines Eligibility for 2019 Supplemental Coverage Option Regarding Elections for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage

    Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced this week that producers who purchased or plan to purchase the 2019 Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) policy should report Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) election intentions to their crop insurance agent by March 15, 2019, or the acreage reporting date, whichever is later.

  3. USDA Announces January Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers First 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

    Thu Mar 7, 2019 06:53 AM

    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

  4. USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

    Tue Aug 28, 2018 08:55 AM

    (Washington, D.C., August 27, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations. President Donald J. Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations.

  5. Trump Administration Appoints Ed Davidian to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Massachusetts

    Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:43 PM

    AMHERST, MA - Feb. 20, 2018- The Trump Administration recently appointed Ed Davidian as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Massachusetts Farm Service Agency (FSA). Davidian began his new position on Feb. 20, 2018.