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  1. Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program

    Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON, March 22, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019. 

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

    Wed Mar 6, 2019 04:02 PM

    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.

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

    Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:18 PM

     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 to Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session

    Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:43 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.

  5. USDA Designates 15 North Carolina Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Thu Feb 7, 2019 03:11 PM

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 15 North Carolina counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses caused by Hurricane Michael or Hurricane Florence may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.