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  1. USDA Resumes Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

    Mon Jun 4, 2018 10:28 AM

    One-Year Extension Available to Holders of Many Expiring Contracts Through Continuous Signup

    WASHINGTON, June 1, 2018 – As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between June 4 and Aug. 17, 2018.

  2. USDA Partners with Texas A&M to Help Veterans Seeking Agriculture Loans and Careers

    Fri Jun 1, 2018 11:17 AM

    (Dallas, TX, May 31, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service to help military veterans obtain loans and pursue careers as farmers and ranchers. Secretary Perdue joined local dignitaries, members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and community leaders at the Dallas Farmers Market to unveil the new pilot program.

  3. USDA Reopens Application Period for Producers Recovering from Cattle Loss, Other Disasters

    Fri Jun 1, 2018 10:41 AM

    Signup Begins June 4 for Livestock Indemnity Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish

    WASHINGTON, May 31, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters.

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening the application period for two disaster assistance programs in response to statutory changes made by Congress earlier this year. 

  4. Dairy Farmers Have Until June 1 to Apply for Improved Safety Net Under Margin Protection Program

    Tue May 29, 2018 10:00 AM

    Many Participants Will Receive Payments Beginning in Early June

    WASHINGTON, May 25, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds dairy farmers of the June 1 deadline to enroll in the improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).  Many producers will see payments in early June, depending on the coverage they elect.

  5. FSA County Committee Nominations Launch June 15

    Wed May 23, 2018 11:33 AM

    Giving Farmers a Voice in Their Community

    WASHINGTON, May 22, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018.