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  1. USDA Announces March Income Over Feed Cost Margin Triggers Third 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

    Wed May 8, 2019 12:06 PM

    Dairy Margin Coverage Program Sign-Up Begins June 17

    WASHINGTON, May 8, 2019 — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week the March 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.85 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

  2. USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers' Costs for Organic Certification

    Wed May 8, 2019 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON, May 6, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

  3. USDA Announces Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

    Tue Apr 30, 2019 02:35 PM

    WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the availability of a new web-based tool – developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

  4. USDA Extends Deadline to May 17 for Producers to Certify 2018 Crop Production for Market Facilitation Program Payments

    Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, April 29, 2019 – USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying production.

  5. Higher Limits Now Available on USDA Farm Loans

    Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:22 AM

    2018 Farm Bill Increases Limits, Makes Other Changes to Farm Loans

    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2019 – Higher limits now are available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and emergency loans.