USDA Announces Dates for CRP and Grasslands Signup

USDA set a deadline of July 23, 2021, for all agricultural producers and landowners to apply for the Conservation Reserve Program General Signup number 56. Also, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept applications for CRP Grasslands from July 12 to August 20. This year, USDA updated both signup options to provide greater incentives for […]

USDA Looking To Expand CRP Participation

USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program is expanding from its cap of 25 million acres. “Currently we’re four million acres below the goal for 2021 and the cap is going to increase to 27 million acres by 2023,” noted FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “In addition, there’s another three million acres that are going to be exiting CRP […]

USDA Initiative to Quantify Climate Benefits of CRP

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced an initiative to quantify the climate benefits of CRP contracts. The multi-year effort will enable USDA to better target CRP toward climate outcomes and improve existing models and conservation planning tools while supporting USDA’s goal of putting American agriculture and forestry at the center of climate-smart solutions to address […]

Coos, Curry Counties Receive Drought Designation

This week, the USDA designated Coos and Curry counties in Oregon as drought disasters. The designation allows the FSA to extend emergency credit to producers through emergency loans. Those 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 […]

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 […]