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  1. USDA Opens 2019 Enrollment for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs

    Wed Sep 4, 2019 01:41 PM

    2020 Enrollment Period to Open in October

    (Washington, D.C., September 3, 2019) – Agricultural producers can now enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, two popular safety net programs, for the 2019 crop year. Interested producers must sign up for either program by March 15, 2020.

    The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized and made updates to these two USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs. ARC provides income support payments on historical base acres when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guarantee level. PLC program provides income support payments on historical base acres when the price for a covered commodity falls below its effective reference price.

  2. Farm Service Agency Expands Payment Options

    Wed Aug 21, 2019 09:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 20, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is expanding its payment options to now accept debit cards and Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit. These paperless payment options enable FSA customers to pay farm loan payments, measurement service fees, farm program debt repayments and administrative service fees, as well as to purchase aerial maps.

  3. Nearly 17,000 Dairy Operations Enrolled in Dairy Margin Coverage Program

    Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:51 PM

    Dairy Producers Must Sign up before Sept. 20 for 2019 Coverage

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that producers of nearly 17,000 dairy operations have signed up for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program since signup opened June 17. Producers interested in 2019 coverage must sign up before Sept. 20, 2019.

  4. Report: Farmers Prevented from Planting Crops on More than 19 Million Acres

    Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:43 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2019 – Agricultural producers reported they were not able to plant crops on more than 19.4 million acres in 2019, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This marks the most prevented plant acres reported since USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began releasing the report in 2007 and 17.49 million acres more than reported at this time last year.

  5. USDA Designates Four Virginia Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Sat Aug 3, 2019 11:42 AM

    Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border State Also Available

    WASHINGTON, July 29, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated four counties in Virginia as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties who suffered losses caused due to the combined effects of excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, and hail that occurred since April 15, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.