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  1. USDA Designates Five New Jersey Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Thu Feb 14, 2019 03:15 PM

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated five New Jersey counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses caused by Hurricane Florence and other recent disaster events may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

  2. USDA to Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session

    Wed Feb 13, 2019 08:36 AM

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session 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 the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation.

  3. USDA Reminds Producers of Feb. 14 Deadline for Market Facilitation Program

    Wed Feb 13, 2019 08:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2019 – Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than 864,000 producers have applied, supporting those hit hard with nearly $8 billion in estimated payments.

  4. USDA Reminds Producers of Disaster Program Deadlines

    Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:55 AM

    (SYRACUSE, NY), November 13, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Clark Putman reminds New York State producers who experienced losses from natural disasters during the 2017 and 2018 calendar years that they may be eligible for assistance through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP), Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

  5. FSA County Committee Elections to Begin; Producers to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 5

    Mon Nov 5, 2018 10:44 AM

    SYRACUSE, NY, Nov. 5, 2018 – New York Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Clark Putman today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible agricultural producers for the 2018 FSA county committee elections on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 3, 2018, to ensure their vote is counted.