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  1. USDA Adds Shelled Almonds and Fresh Sweet Cherry to Market Facilitation Program

    Mon Sep 24, 2018 08:43 AM

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the addition of commodities to the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Starting Monday, Sept. 24, producers of shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries may apply for Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. In addition, the timeline for hog producers has been extended.

  2. Reminder to USDA Program Participants Concerning Compliance Requirements on Highly Erodible Lands

    Thu Sep 13, 2018 02:34 PM

    ST. PAUL, MINN, Sept. 13, 2018 - The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds agricultural producers that compliance with the highly erodible land (HEL) conservation provisions is required to participate in USDA programs. Program participants who farm land classified as HEL are reminded to review and follow approved conservation systems prior to conducting any fall tillage to minimize soil loss.

  3. USDA Launches Trade Mitigation Programs

    Wed Sep 5, 2018 10:06 AM

    (Washington, D.C., September 4, 2018) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), while USDA will also begin to purchase identified commodities under a food purchase and distribution program.  Additionally, USDA has begun accepting proposals for the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP), which will help American farmers find and access new markets for their products.  In total, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with World Trade Organization obligations.

  4. USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

    Tue Aug 28, 2018 01:32 PM

    (Washington, D.C., August 27, 2018) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations.  President Donald J. Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally.  As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations.

  5. Deadline Approaches for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

    Tue Aug 7, 2018 11:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, August 7, 2018 — Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminded producers today that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.