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  1. USDA to Open Signup for Conservation Reserve Program on December 9

    Thu Dec 5, 2019 04:49 PM

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on December 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is February 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing.

  2. USDA Designates 43 Michigan Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Fri Nov 22, 2019 09:38 AM

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 43 Michigan counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses caused by excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, and abnormally cold temperatures that occurred since March 1, 2019, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

  3. USDA Issues Second Tranche of Market Facilitation Program

    Mon Nov 18, 2019 06:41 AM

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50% they have already received from the 2019 MFP.

  4. Voting Begins for 2019 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

    Wed Oct 30, 2019 06:17 AM

    Eligible Voters to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 4
    Starting next week, eligible farmers across Michigan will receive election ballots from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to elect their next FSA County Office Committee member.

  5. USDA Opens 2020 Enrollment for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs

    Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:12 AM

    Safety Net Program Payments for 2018 Have Started

    Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs – two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs – for the 2020 crop year. Meanwhile, producers who enrolled farms for the 2018 crop year have started receiving more than $1.5 billion for covered commodities for which payments were triggered under such programs.