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  1. USDA Offers Low-Interest Loans for Agricultural Producers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan Impacted by Natural Disasters

    Wed Apr 3, 2019 09:09 AM

    Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota 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 24 affected Wisconsin counties, the primary damaged area, who incurred losses caused by multiple winter storms with blizzard conditions, excessive snow, high winds, and extreme cold that occurred between Jan. 27 through March 2, 2019. Producers in 40 contiguous counties, including Dickinson and Menominee counties in Michigan, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

  2. USDA Designates Four Michigan Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Tue Mar 26, 2019 02:08 PM

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated four Michigan counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Allegan, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa counties who suffered losses caused by excessive rain that occurred Aug. 26 through Sept. 6, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

  3. Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program

    Mon Mar 25, 2019 05:58 AM

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019.

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

    Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:19 AM

    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.

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

    Thu Mar 7, 2019 03:25 PM

    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.