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  1. USDA Offers Low-Interest Loans for Agricultural Producers in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin Impacted by Natural Disasters

    Fri Oct 5, 2018 06:01 PM

    MADISON, Wisconsin, October 5, 2018 — Minnesota agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) physical loss loans. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these low-interest loans for losses caused by two separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due May 24, 2019.

  2. USDA Adds Shelled Almonds and Fresh Sweet Cherry to Market Facilitation Program

    Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the addition of commodities to the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Starting Monday, Sept. 24, producers of shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries may apply for Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. In addition, the timeline for hog producers has been extended.

  3. Wisconsin Producers Encouraged to Document Flood Losses

    Thu Sep 6, 2018 11:22 AM

    (MADISON, Wis.), Sept. 6, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Wisconsin State Executive Director, Sandy Chalmers, reminds farmers and ranchers across the state of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding.

  4. USDA Launches Trade Mitigation Programs

    Tue Sep 4, 2018 04:01 PM

    (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. 

  5. USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Affected by Unjustified Retaliation

    Tue Aug 28, 2018 07:32 PM

    (Washington, D.C., August 28, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue 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.