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  1. USDA to Open Signup for the Conservation Reserve Program and CRP Grasslands in Early 2021

    Thu Nov 12, 2020 04:00 PM

    Madison, Wisconsin, Nov. 12, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the 2021 signup periods for general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and CRP Grasslands offers. General signup for CRP will be open from January 4, 2021 to February 12, 2021; signup for CRP Grasslands runs from March 15, 2021 to April 23, 2021. Both programs are competitive and provide annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.

  2. USDA Offers Low-Interest Loans for Agricultural Producers in Wisconsin Impacted by Natural Disasters

    Tue Sep 22, 2020 07:29 AM

    MADISON, Wisconsin, September 22, 2020 — Wisconsin 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 to agricultural producers in Dunn, Pierce and St. Croix counties who incurred losses due to flashing flooding that occurred June 28 through June 29, 2020. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due by May 11, 2021.

  3. USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

    Fri Sep 18, 2020 09:44 AM

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020.

  4. Deadline Approaching for USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2020 –U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is Sept. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

  5. New USDA Survey to Measure Areas for Improvement

    Wed Aug 12, 2020 01:16 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2020 – WASHINGTON, August 7, 2020 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA).