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  1. USDA Reminds Producers of Feb. 14 Deadline for Market Facilitation Program

    Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:11 PM

    Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than 864,000 producers have applied, supporting those hit hard with nearly $8 billion in estimated payments. 

  2. USDA to Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session

    Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:43 AM

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation.

  3. USDA Offers Low-Interest Loans for Agricultural Producers in Michigan Impacted by Natural Disasters

    Wed Dec 19, 2018 08:11 AM

    Michigan agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) physical loss loans. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these low-interest loans to agricultural producers in four Michigan counties, the primary damaged area, who incurred losses caused by two separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due Aug. 12, 2019.

  4. USDA Designates Grand Traverse County, Michigan, as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

    Wed Dec 19, 2018 06:33 AM

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Grand Traverse County, Michigan, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses due to hail that occurred on Aug. 1, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

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

    Thu Nov 29, 2018 02:24 PM

    Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties Also Available
    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two Michigan counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Allegan and Ottawa counties who suffered losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from May 9 through June 4, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.