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Lawmaker Combee Named to Federal Farm Post

Dan General, Legislative

State Rep. Neil Combee, R-Auburndale, will leave the Legislature after he was appointed Friday as federal Farm Service Agency and Rural Development state director. It was not immediately clear when Combee will leave the House. “Would like to stay until the end of Session unless it is an absolute requirement. Know for sure in a few days,” Combee tweeted Sunday. …

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Secretary Perdue Announces FSA, Rural Development State Directors

Dan Industry News Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Friday a slate of Farm Service Agency and Rural Development state directors. All directors will serve as appointees of President Donald Trump. Perdue says of the state directors that they will “help ensure USDA is offering the best customer service” to agriculture. FSA state directors help implement Department of Agriculture policies in planning, organizing, and …

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Dairy Producers Can Opt Out of MPP Coverage

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) wants to remind dairy producers you can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy).  But there is something new this year, in that you can opt out of the program. In order to opt out, a producer should not sign up during the annual registration period. By opting out, a producer would …

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Producers Affected by Hurricanes Granted Extra Time on Claims

Taylor Hillman Weather

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced special procedures to assist producers who lost crops or livestock or had other damage to their farms or ranches as a result of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Also, because of the severe and widespread damage caused by the hurricanes, USDA will provide additional flexibility to assist farm loan borrowers. “The impact is shocking and …

Two Counties in Georgia Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Weather

In response to a request from Dianne Westmoreland, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Acting State Executive Director in Georgia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Burke and Wilcox counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by freeze that occurred from March 15, 2017, through March 17, 2017. Farmers and ranchers in the …

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Three Counties in Florida Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Drought, Florida, Industry News Release

In response to a request from Debby Folsom, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Acting State Executive Director in Florida, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Citrus, Hillsborough, Polk, and Sumter counties in Florida …

USDA Designates Jenkins County in Georgia as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release

In response to a request from Dianne Westmoreland, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Georgia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Jenkins County in Georgia as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by drought that occurred from Sept. 3, 2016, through Dec. 12, 2016.