USDA Offers Secure New Options for Signing, Sharing Documents Online

Dan General, USDA-NRCS

Farmers and ranchers working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) or Farm Service Agency (FSA) can now sign and share documents online in just a few clicks. By using Box or OneSpan, producers can digitally complete business transactions without leaving their homes or agricultural operations. Both services are free, secure, and available for multiple NRCS and FSA programs. Box is a secure, cloud-based site …


More Than 3.4 Million Acres Selected for General CRP Signup

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

(USDA/FSA) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the acceptance of more than 3.4 million acres in the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup recently completed, the first general signup enrollments since 2016. Through CRP, farmers and ranchers receive an annual rental payment for establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water …


USDA Stands Up New Team to Better Serve Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

(USDA/FSA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is standing up a new team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff that will lead a department-wide effort focused on serving beginning farmers and ranchers.  “More than a quarter of producers are beginning farmers,” said USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky. “We need to support the next generation of agricultural producers who we …

Farm Bill listening session

Sign-Up Deadline for ARC/PLC is Monday

Dan Economy

The deadline for producers to enroll in the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs is Monday, March 16. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator, Richard Fordyce, told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman that they encourage producers to contact their local FSA county office today. So again, 2019 ARC/PLC enrollment ends March 16, 2020, while 2020 enrollment runs through June 30, 2020. For more …

USDA to Open Signup for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

(USDA/FSA) — Farmers and ranchers may apply to enroll grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup beginning March 16. The signup runs through May 15.  “Through this CRP Grasslands signup, farmers and ranchers can protect grasslands, rangelands and pastures, while maintaining the land as working grazing lands,” said Richard Fordyce, Administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). “The …


USDA Announces Updates for Honeybee Producers

Dan Aquaculture, Industry News Release, Pollinators

(USDA/FSA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced updates to the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). These updates include changes required by the 2018 Farm Bill as well as discretionary changes intended to improve the administration of the program and clarify existing program requirements. “Honeybee producers should pay close attention …


USDA Gets a New Look with FPAC

Dan Economy, Peanuts

Chief of Staff for USDA’s Farm Service Agency recently gave an update on FPAC, Farm Production and Conservation, which started in 2017.  As Tyron Spearman reports, the department was designed to help administer funds.


Deadline for Conservation Reserve Program General Signup is Feb. 28

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

(USDA/FSA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup that there is less than two weeks before the enrollment deadline of February 28, 2020. This signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10- to 15-year …

Farm Bill listening session

FSA Encourages Producers to Enroll Soon in ARC and PLC Programs

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Producers, Beat the Rush – Call Today to Make an Appointment (USDA/FSA) — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages agricultural producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk Loss (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. March 15, 2020 is the enrollment deadline for the 2019 crop year. Although more than 200,000 producers have enrolled to date, FSA anticipates 1.5 …