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  1. USDA Reminds Producers of Disaster Program Deadlines

    Tue Nov 13, 2018 09:26 AM

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Joel Johnson reminds Michigan 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. USDA Designates Three Michigan Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Tue Nov 6, 2018 05:54 AM

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated three counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac counties who suffered losses due to excessive snow and freeze that occurred from March 1 through May 1, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

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

    Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:20 PM

    Michigan Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Joel Johnson 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.

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

    Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:08 AM

    USDA Michigan Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Joel Johnson, announced that over $57 million will be paid to Michigan farms that enrolled in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for 2017 market downturns. Additionally, Michigan FSA will distribute over $14.7 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to landowners for their commitment to conservation stewardship.

  5. USDA Offers Secure, Convenient Online Business Options

    Mon Oct 15, 2018 02:42 PM

    Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers in Michigan 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 a secure and convenient website.