USDA May Call Back Some Employees

Dan Economy

USDA may call back many Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office workers to process farm loans and other applications, deeming those employees as “essential,” according to American Farm Bureau officials. The White House has already okayed key government services including food stamp benefits and tax refunds during the partial shutdown that affects USDA, the IRS and other departments and agencies. …

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Concerns Over Timely Farm Bill Implementation

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

The partial government shutdown, including non-essential USDA functions, is raising producer concerns over timely farm bill implementation, ahead of this year’s planting season. As if farmers didn’t have enough problems with years of low-prices, trade and other troubles. Now, the partial government shutdown, in its second week, is unnerving producers, according to American Farm Bureau Executive Director Dale Moore. “It’s …


Some USDA Programs Continue

Dan Economy

Due to the Federal Government shutdown, some U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) activities have been shut down or significantly reduced and some USDA employees furloughed. But, some USDA activities continue. Tyron Spearman has more details.


MFP Payment Deadline May be Extended

Dan Economy

A majority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wasn’t originally disrupted by the partial government shutdown, but now that it has moved into 2019, it is in various ways. One of those is sending the second round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments to farmers. Farm Journal said if the standoff continues, it will more than likely affect the timing …


Second Round of Trade Aid Payments Underway

Dan Corn, Cotton, Dairy, Economy, Pork, Wheat

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is moving forward on the second and final round of trade mitigation payments to farmers hurt from retaliation by America’s trading partners. Commodity producers are now eligible to receive market facilitation payments (MFP) on the second half of their 2018 production. USDA has been sending out the first round of MFP payments to producers …


Perdue Details USDA Functions in the Event of a Lapse in Federal Funding

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue detailed which functions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will remain available in the event of a lapse in government funding. “There may be a lapse in funding for the federal government, but that will not relieve USDA of its responsibilities for safeguarding life and property through the critical services we provide,” said …


Perdue Announces ERS, NIFA Site Selection Criteria

Dan Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the criteria the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed to evaluate the 136 Expressions of Interest received from parties in 35 states vying to become the new homes of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  Secretary Perdue announced in August 2018 that most ERS and NIFA personnel would …