FSA Changes Key Definitions Impacting Family Farm Operations

The Farm Service Agency restored the previous definitions of terms like “active personal management, significant contribution, and related phrasing” in a rule regarding farm program subsidy eligibility and payment limitations. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said the change is more of a “correction.” He says, “These revisions mean that members of a family farm operation are […]

Dairy Safety Net Enrollment Ends on December 11

The USDA is reminding dairy producers that the deadline to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage program for the calendar year 2021 is quickly approaching on December 11. The USDA’s FSA opened DMC signup back in October to help producers manage economic risk brought on by milk price and feed cost disparities. “2020 has been […]

EFRP Grants Available For Oregon Forest Landowners Hit By Wildfire

Private forest landowners across Oregon hit hard by wildfires have until the end of the year to submit applications to the Emergency Forest Restoration Program.  EFRP provides grant payments to owners of nonindustrial private forest, NIPF, enabling them to carry out emergency measures to restore land damaged by a natural disaster. “It is important that […]

Emergency Haying and Grazing Extended For Washington Growers

The Washington state Farm Service Agency announced Thursday that wheat growers impacted by wildfires this season can utilize Conservation Reserve Program Emergency Haying and Grazing for longer than the typical 90 days. FSA said the extension cannot run past December 31st. This applies to both producers who have already utilized emergency haying and grazing as […]

Idaho Producers Encouraged To Contact FSA About CFAP2 Options

Producers and farmers across Idaho are encouraged to talk with their local FSA office to determine if they are eligible for financial help under the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance program, better known as CFAP2. Under the first round of assistance announced earlier this year, the Idaho Ag community received roughly $200 million […]

Malheur County Designated Disaster

On Tuesday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Malheur County, Oregon, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses caused by recent drought may be eligible for FSA Emergency Loans. The designation allows FSA to extend emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including […]

USDA Issues Nearly $2B in CRP Payments

The USDA is issuing $1.68 billion in payments to agricultural producers and landowners for the 21.9 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. Announced Thursday, the payments provide annual rental payment for land devoted to conservation purposes. Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce said, “CRP is one of the many ‘tools’ that USDA offers […]

NAFA To Host CFAP Webinar Thursday

The National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance will host a webinar Thursday, October 15th telling growers how they can get assistance through CFAP [the Coronavirus Food Assistance program]. Associate Director at National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance Jon Dockter said originally the crop was not eligible for the program, even when a second round of crops were […]

Texas Representative Wans FSA Offices “Fully Reopened”

Texas Representative Jodey Arrington recently sent a letter to the USDA and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding FSA offices. Arrington is asking the agency to reexamine and update their COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures and safely reopen their local Farm Service Agency offices. The West Texas Republican said those offices are critical for hardworking agricultural producers, […]

CFAP Application Open Through Mid-December

Even if lawmakers have not forged an agreement on a short-term government spending bill, keeping the federal government running through mid-December, Round 2 of the Coroniavirus Food Assistance Program, CFAP, would have still continued. “The money to fund CFAP 2 was part of the CARES Act and their was language in their that replenished CCC […]