Hog

USDA Starts Issuing Payments for Spot Market Hog Pandemic

Dan Economy, Pork, USDA-FSA

The USDA is increasing the amount of funding available for the Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program and expects to issue approximately $62.8 million in assistance payments to producers this week. SMHPP assists eligible producers who sold hogs through a spot market sale between April 16 and September 1 in 2020. “In order to provide more targeted support to hog producers …

Livestock Indemnity Program

USDA-FSA Updates Livestock Indemnity Payments for Smaller Calves

Dan Beef, Cattle, USDA-FSA

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) made updates to their payment rates under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). The agency changed rates for calves under 250 pounds and will now value them at the same level as non-adult cattle weighing between 250 and 399 pounds. FSA also increased payment rates for calves under 400 pounds. The LIP payment rate is set at 75 percent …

natural disaster

Georgia Counties Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas Due to Drought

Dan Drought, Georgia, USDA-FSA, Weather

This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of …

natural disaster

Eight Georgia Counties Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Economy, Georgia, USDA-FSA

(WASHINGTON, DC/USDA FSA/June 3, 2022) — This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a …

erp

USDA Sends Out ERP Applications

Dan Economy, USDA-FSA

Last week, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) mailed 303,000 pre-filled applications for the Emergency Relief Program (ERP). It’s a new program designed to help agricultural producers impacted by wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, winter storms, and other qualifying natural disasters experienced during calendar years 2020 and 2021. This all stems from legislation that Congress passed, and President Biden signed into law. It’s known as the Extending Government Funding …

usda

USDA Accepting Applications for Organic Programs

Dan Organic, USDA-FSA

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program and Organic Certification Cost Share Program. The programs help producers and handlers cover the cost of organic certification, along with other related expenses. Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux says, “By helping with organic certification costs – long identified as a barrier to …

nrcs

Approximately $6 Billion Provided to Commodity and Specialty Crop Producers Impacted by Natural Disasters

Dan Economy, Specialty Crops, USDA-FSA

First Wave of Payments Based on Crop Insurance Data (WASHINGTON, May 16, 2022) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and …

Cotton and Wool

USDA to Provide $50 Million in Support to U.S. Cotton and Wool Apparel Manufacturers Impacted by the Pandemic

Dan Economy, Sheep-Goats, USDA-FSA

(WASHINGTON, May 5, 2022) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a commitment of $50 million to assist eligible apparel manufacturers of worsted wool suits, sport coats, pants, or Pima cotton dress shirts; Pima cotton spinners; and wool fabric manufacturers and wool spinners. The new Cotton and Wool Apparel (CAWA) program is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative and the …