disaster aid

Disaster-Aid Program Explained

Dan Economy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply for disaster assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus. Richard Fordyce, administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency, explains who may be eligible for the new program. Fordyce also explains the disaster program’s payment limitation provisions. A list …

natural disaster

Barbour County, Alabama, Designated as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

Dan Alabama, Drought, Economy, Industry News Release, Weather

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border State Also Available WASHINGTON, D.C. (USDA/FSA-Sept. 20, 2019) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Barbour County, Alabama, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.  This natural disaster designation allows FSA to …


Conservation Reserve Program Signup Ends Friday

Dan Environment

Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) also is accepting offers from those who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs. But FSA’s 52nd signup for CRP …


Georgia Cotton Commission on MFP and STAX

Dan Cotton, Georgia

Signup continues for The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP) at local Farm Service Agency offices. Georgia Cotton Commission Executive Director Richey Seaton says thankfully that assistance will be hitting producers’ mailboxes fairly soon. He also provides updated information on the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX).

dairy production

USDA Now Making Payments for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

Dan Dairy, Economy, Industry News Release

Income-over-feed margin for May triggers fifth payment for 2019 WASHINGTON, (USDA/FSA) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program on June 17 and has started issuing payments to producers who purchased coverage. Producers can enroll through Sept. 20, 2019.  “Times have been especially tough for dairy farmers, and while we …


Planted Acreage Report Deadline Extended in Some States

Dan Field Crops

Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced they are extending the deadline to report spring-seeded crops for agricultural producers in twelve states impacted by flooding and heavy moisture. The new July 22 deadline applies to producers in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin for reporting to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county …