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  1. USDA Offers Low-Interest Loans for Agricultural Producers in Mississippi Impacted by Natural Disasters

    Fri Mar 22, 2019 08:58 AM

    Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border State Also Available

    Jackson, MS, March 22, 2019 — Mississippi 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 six Mississippi counties, the primary damaged area, who incurred losses caused by two separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due Nov. 15, 2019.

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

    Thu Mar 14, 2019 03:13 PM

    WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 — 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.

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

    Fri Mar 8, 2019 08:15 AM

    Enrollment Expected to Begin this Summer

    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2019 — 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.

  4. Register by February 22! USDA 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session

    Thu Feb 21, 2019 04:23 PM

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is hosting a listening session on Feb. 26 at 9:00 a.m. for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation.

  5. USDA Designates Four Arkansas Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:05 AM

    Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border State Also Available

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated four Arkansas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Arkansas, Lee, St. Francis and White counties who suffered losses caused by excessive rain that occurred Aug. 1 through Nov. 15, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.