Assistance Available For Central Washington Producers Impacted By Labor Day Fire

Producers in southcentral Washington impacted by a wildfire Labor Day weekend near Kahlotus may receive financial assistance from the FSA. The department is implementing the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) due to damage caused by this wildfire to livestock fence and livestock water troughs. The Monday September 7th fire was exacerbated by high winds and burned […]

Vilsack Explains Purpose Behind Creation Of USDA Equity Commission

The USDA is creating an Equity Commission. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, explains why: “In the 70s, 80s, maybe even the 90s, Black farmers would go in to an FSA office in some states, and they would either not get a loan, or they would get the loan late, very late in the planting season, or […]

USDA Ready to Assist Farmers, Ranchers and Communities Affected by Winter Storms

On Wednesday, the USDA reminded farmers and ranchers of programs to assist them through the current winter storms. Acting Agriculture Secretary Kevin Shea said, “USDA is committed to getting help to producers and rural Americans impacted by the severe.” USDA offers several risk management and disaster assistance options to help producers recover after they are […]

USDA Reminds Producers of ARC, PLC Deadlines

Farmers who have not enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs for 2021 must do so by March 15th. Producers who have not yet signed a 2021 enrollment contract or who want to make an election change should contact their local FSA office to make an appointment. Program enrollment for 2021 […]

USDA Extends General Signup for Conservation Reserve Program

Sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program was scheduled to end February 12th, but the USDA has decided to extend that deadline. USDA said it will continue to accept offers as it takes the opportunity for the incoming Administration to evaluate ways to increase enrollment. Under the Trump Administration, incentives and rental payment rates were […]

USDA Announces COVID-19 Farm Loan Relief

On Wednesday, the USDA announced the temporary suspension of past-due debt collections and foreclosures for distressed borrowers under the Farm Storage Facility Loan and the Direct Farm Loan programs. The Department said the measures will provide relief to farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA will temporarily suspend non-judicial foreclosures, debt offsets or wage garnishments, and […]

Tester: QLA Does Not Provide Adequate Support for Feed Grain Producers

Senator Jon Tester says the Farm Service Agency has further delayed disaster assistance support for farmers who were hit by quality losses in 2018 and 2019. Despite the recent rollout of the Quality Loss Assistance Program, the Montana Democrat says some producers were left out of the assistance package. Tester says QLA does not provide […]

USDA Offering Additional Assistance Through CFAP

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said the USDA will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The agency will be expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities and updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied to the program. Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing […]

Northey Discusses New Quality Loss Program

The USDA has announced a new program to help eligible producers who suffered from crop quality loss because of natural disasters. That was Undersecretary Bill Northey said the program looks at those who suffered losses from excess moisture, wildfires and more in 2018 and 2019. “And while we had good models to be able to […]

CRP Sign-up Underway

Farmers interested in signing up for Conservation Reserve Programs, have until February 12th to do so. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said while the window is not large, he’s confident it’s long enough for those interested in CRP to sign-up, or at least get their questions answered. For landowners interested in participating, Fordyce said the process […]