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

    Thu Mar 7, 2019 10:39 AM

    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.

  2. USDA to Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session

    Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:50 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

    Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:50 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 08:39 AM

    Warwick, RI, November 13,, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director W. Michael Sullivan PhD, reminds 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

    Tue Oct 30, 2018 07:51 AM

    Warwick, RI October 30, 2018 – Rhode Island Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director W. Michael Sullivan PhD, 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.