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  1. USDA Offers Farm Loans for Underserved and Beginning Farmers

    Thu Feb 11, 2021 08:00 AM

    SAINT PAUL, Minnesota, Feb. 11, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. Underserved or beginning farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank can apply for FSA direct or guaranteed loans.

  2. March 15 Last Day to Complete Enrollment for 2021 Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage Programs

    Tue Feb 9, 2021 01:00 PM

    Call Today About 2021 Crop Year Eligibility

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 9, 2021 – Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2021 must do so by March 15. Producers who have not yet signed a 2021 enrollment contract or who want to make an election change should contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to make an appointment. Program enrollment for 2021 is required in order to participate in the programs, but elections for the 2021 crop year are optional and otherwise remain the same as elections made for 2020.

  3. USDA Extends General Signup for Conservation Reserve Program

    Fri Feb 5, 2021 01:00 PM

    Biden Administration Considers Changes to Bolster Effectiveness of Program and Recommits to Making CRP a Cornerstone of Conservation Programming

    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12, 2021.  USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes this opportunity for the incoming Administration to evaluate ways to increase enrollment.  Under the previous Administration, incentives and rental payment rates were reduced resulting in an enrollment shortfall of over 4 million acres. The program, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rental payments for 10 to 15 years for land devoted to conservation purposes, as well as other types of payments.

  4. USDA Temporarily Suspends Debt Collections, Foreclosures and Other Activities on Farm Loans for Several Thousand Distressed Borrowers Due to Coronavirus

    Wed Jan 27, 2021 09:00 AM

    SAINT PAUL, Minnesota, Jan. 27, 2021 – Due to the national public health emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the temporary suspension of past-due debt collections and foreclosures for distressed borrowers under the Farm Storage Facility Loan and the Direct Farm Loan programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). USDA will temporarily suspend non-judicial foreclosures, debt offsets or wage garnishments, and referring foreclosures to the Department of Justice. USDA will work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to stop judicial foreclosures and evictions on accounts that were previously referred to the Department of Justice. Additionally, USDA has extended deadlines for producers to respond to loan servicing actions, including loan deferral consideration for financially distressed and delinquent borrowers. In addition, for the Guaranteed Loan program, flexibilities have been made available to lenders to assist in servicing their customers.

  5. USDA Offers New Forest Management Incentive for Conservation Reserve Program

    Tue Jan 19, 2021 01:30 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. January 19, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making available $12 million for use in making payments to forest landowners with land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in exchange for their implementing healthy forest management practices. Existing CRP participants can now sign up for the Forest Management Incentive (FMI), which provides financial incentives to landowners with land in CRP to encourage proper tree thinning and other practices.

  6. USDA and Dairy Farmers Work Together to Mitigate Risk for 2021

    Mon Jan 18, 2021 08:00 AM

    Agencies See Proactive Participation in Risk Management Programs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. January 18, 2021 – In an unprecedented year, USDA staff and dairy producers across the country worked together to protect dairy operations for the 2021 production year under USDA’s risk management program options – the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC), Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP), and Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle (LGM) programs. Recent enrollment data for these programs indicate that dairy operations are proactively managing their risk.

  7. USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    Fri Jan 15, 2021 09:00 AM

    Washington, D.C., January 15, 2021 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program. Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing applications due to these updates can contact USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26. Some of these changes are being made to align with the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 while others are discretionary changes being made in response to ongoing evaluation of CFAP.

  8. Minnesota USDA Farm Service Agency and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association to Hold Webinar on Jan. 21

    Thu Jan 7, 2021 07:00 AM

    SAINT PAUL, MN, Jan. 7, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Minnesota is holding a public webinar with the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association on Jan. 21, 2021. Minnesota cattle producers and others involved in agriculture will have an opportunity to learn more about the USDA FSA programs available to support the cattle industry in the state.

  9. FSA Quickly Implemented Crucial Programs Amid Challenging Year

    Wed Jan 6, 2021 12:00 PM

    SAINT PAUL, MN, January 6, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) helped farmers. livestock producers, and landowners weather a tough 2020, marked with volatile prices, a pandemic and natural disasters. During the COVID-19 pandemic, FSA continued to deliver farm programs to producers through phone and online tools, using social distancing guidelines. The agency also provided extra flexibilities to its programs, adjusting reporting dates and loan processing timelines, and continued to expand technology and streamline services to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

  10. USDA Seeks Members for Advisory Committee on Urban Agriculture

    Wed Jan 6, 2021 11:00 AM

    Saint Paul, MN, Jan. 6, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking members for a new advisory committee on urban agriculture, part of a broader effort to focus on the needs of urban farmers. The 12-person committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the development of policies and outreach relating to urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production practices as well as identify any barriers to urban agriculture.