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

    Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:04 PM

    Department Amends Timeline for Hogs Operations

    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. Montana FSA: USDA Launches Trade Mitigation Programs

    Tue Sep 4, 2018 05:26 PM

    (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. 

  3. Montana FSA: USDA Farm Service Agency Approves First Micro Lender in Montana

    Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:55 AM

    Additional Access to Credit Now Available to Eligible Agricultural Producers

    BROWNING, Mont. – Aug. 29, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Montana Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Mike Foster today announced approval of the first guaranteed agricultural Micro Lender in Montana.

    Through FSA’s EZ Guaranteed Loan program, Native American Community Development Corporation (NACDC) Financial Services, Inc. of Browning, Montana, can now offer their agricultural customers loans for up to $50,000. FSA guarantees up to 95 percent of the loan.

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

    Mon Aug 27, 2018 05:53 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. Montana FSA: Low-Interest Loans Available for Montana Ag Producers Impacted by Natural Disasters

    Thu Aug 9, 2018 03:37 PM

    BOZEMAN, Mont., Aug. 09, 2018 – Montana 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 for losses caused by three separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses including the loss of buildings and livestock.