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  1. USDA Launches Trade Mitigation Programs

    Wed Sep 5, 2018 11:00 AM

    (Washington, D.C., September 4, 2018) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), while USDA will also begin to purchase identified commodities under a food purchase and distribution program.  Additionally, USDA has begun accepting proposals for the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP), which will help American farmers find and access new markets for their products.  In total, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with World Trade Organization obligations.

  2. USDA Announces Assistance to Pecan Growers Affected by 2017 Weather Events

    Tue Aug 28, 2018 05:10 PM

    (Washington, D.C., August 28, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that additional assistance has been made available for pecan growers to replant and replace trees through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) as they recover from the impacts of 2017 weather events, which was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.

  3. USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

    Tue Aug 28, 2018 04:15 PM

    Washington, D.C., August 27, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations. President Donald J. Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations.

  4. USDA Designates Four North Carolina Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Mon Aug 20, 2018 02:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2018 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated four counties in North Carolina as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties who suffered losses due to flooding from Tropical Storm Alberto beginning May 15, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

  5. Deadline Approaches for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

    Wed Aug 8, 2018 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON, August 7, 2018 — Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminded producers today that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.