Simplicity the Goal for Market Facilitation Program Sign-Up

Dan Economy, Field Crops

Sign-up for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Market Facilitation Program officially starts today, Sept. 4. The $12 billion package was put together to cover three phases. The first phase includes payments to producers, the second phase has USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service administering a Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase commodities targeted by “unjustified” retaliation, and the third phase …


More Help for Pecan Growers Affected by 2017 Weather Events

Dan Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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. “Pecan orchards were hard hit in by storms in 2017. I saw first-hand …


One Week Left to Enroll for CRP

Dan Environment

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding producers the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is just a week away, Friday, August 17th. Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, Bill Northey, explains what this sign-up involves. One Week Left to Enroll for CRP

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USDA Designates Georgia Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Economy, Georgia, Industry News Release

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border States Also Available Georgia agricultural producers who suffered losses and damages due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. The loans are made available under the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, for losses caused by two separate disaster events. …


USDA Opens Election Period for Seed Cotton Program

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that seed cotton producers who want to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2018 crop year may now submit applications. The signup period begins today (July 30, 2018) and ends on Dec. 7, 2018. In accordance with changes to ARC and PLC made by …


WHIP Signup Officially Open

Dan Cattle, Field Crops, Forestry, Industry News Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations. Signup begins July 16, 2018, and continues through November 16, 2018. “Hurricanes and wildfires caused billions of dollars in losses to America’s farmers last year. Our objective is to get relief funds …

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ARC-PLC Options for Cotton Producers

Dan Cotton

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released additional details about the 2018 seed cotton program. Jody Campiche, vice president of economics and policy analysis for the National Cotton Council, provides an update on the assistance USDA is providing to help cotton growers determine the best options for allocating generic base acres covered by both the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) …