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  1. USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Marketing Assistance Loan Deadlines

    Fri May 24, 2019 02:26 PM

    May 31 Deadline for Feed Grains, Upland Cotton, Soybeans and Minor Oilseeds

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers of the May 31, 2019, deadline to apply for crop year 2018 marketing assistance loans for feed grains, upland cotton, soybeans and minor oilseeds.

  2. USDA Reopens Continuous CRP Signup

    Wed May 15, 2019 02:21 PM

    Extensions also available to Many Expiring Contracts

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) continuous signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs.

  3. USDA Announces March Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers Third 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

    Fri May 10, 2019 06:38 AM

    Dairy Margin Coverage Program Sign-Up Begins June 17
    USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.85 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new 
    Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

  4. USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

    Mon May 6, 2019 03:37 PM

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

  5. USDA Extends Deadline to May 17 for Producers to Certify 2018 Crop Production for Market Facilitation Program Payments

    Mon Apr 29, 2019 02:27 PM

    USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying acres.