fsa loans

Senators Seek Flexibility in FSA Loans

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

(NAFB) — Lawmakers are urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to make temporary flexibilities on Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans permanent for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a bipartisan letter signed by farm-state Senators, they urge Perdue to “take action to ensure the continuity of our country’s food supply and support rural areas during the coronavirus.” The senators seek …

producers

Producers Reminded to Sign Up for ARC/PLC

Dan Economy

With the new year, the deadline is getting closer for producers to enroll in the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman that producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA county office to start the enrollment process.

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USDA Assisting Cotton Growers with Safety Net Changes

Jim Rogers Industry News Release

The Department of Agriculture is helping cotton farmers prepare for new safety net coverage. The Farm Service Agency is sending acreage history and yield reports to agricultural producers with generic base acres covered by the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs. USDA says the data will help producers decide the best options for how to allocate generic base …

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Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency State Committee Appointees

Dan Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee Appointees. State committees are selected by the Secretary, serve at the pleasure of the Secretary, and are responsible for carrying out FSA farm programs within delegated authorities. “The State Committees will help to ensure USDA is providing our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural …

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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. …

producers

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 …

dairy producers

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 …