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  1. Farmers and Ranchers in Michigan Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    Tue May 26, 2020 09:12 AM

    Online Tools and Toll-Free Number Available to Assist Producers

    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. FSA Expands Set-Aside Loan Provision for Customers Impacted by COVID-19

    Thu May 21, 2020 01:26 PM

    Set-Aside Delays Loan Payments for One Month

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible, to have their next payment set aside. In some cases, FSA may also set aside a second payment for farmers who have already had one payment set aside because of a prior designated disaster.

  3. March Margin Triggers Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment

    Thu May 21, 2020 08:11 AM

    Income-over-feed margin for March triggers first payment for 2020

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2020 income over feed cost margin was $9.15 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the first payment of 2020 for dairy producers who purchased the appropriate level of coverage under the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

  4. USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    Thu May 21, 2020 08:05 AM

    Farmers and Ranchers to Receive Direct Support for Losses Related to COVID-19

    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.

  5. USDA Designates Three Michigan Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Mon May 18, 2020 12:22 PM

    Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties Also Available

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated three Michigan counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac counties who suffered losses due to excessive snow, freeze, and high winds that occurred Dec. 29, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.