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 […]

County Committee Elections Underway

With the November general election behind us, the USDA is reminding all eligible farmers and ranchers to check their mailbox for another important ballot. Voting is now open for the 2020 USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee elections. “Now through December 7th farmers and ranchers and eligible administrative areas can cast their votes for who […]

Fordyce: Interest In CFAP2 Remains Strong

According to FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce, interest in the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has been strong. “As of October 22nd, We’ve approved over 443,000 applications and we’ve approved for payment a little of $7.6 billion dollars for the CFAP2 program in payments.” Fordyce added that the original CFAP and CFAP2 are two […]

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 […]

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 […]

PLC Sign Up Deadline is Wednesday

Farmers, if you want to update your yields for the Price Loss Coverage program, and haven’t done so, you only have a few days left to do it. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator, Richard Fordyce, said farmers and landowners have not had the change to update those yields since 2014 and a lot can change in […]

FSA: PLC Deadline At The End Of The Month

The FSA is reminding growers that the deadline to apply for PLC is just around the corner. FSA head Richard Fordyce says those interested in participating in the Price Loss Coverage program need to do so by September 30th. Between now and then, producers need to update their yields, which are used to calculate those […]

USDA Is Expanding County Committees To Urban Areas

A pilot program to provide service for urban and suburban Ag areas, will have locations starting this fall in cities like Portland, Cleveland, Albuquerque and Philadelphia. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce noted that interested citizens and stakeholders can learn more about urban-based FSA country committees, and the newly-established Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production within […]

FSA Encouraging Farmers To Apply For CFAP Funds

To make the application process easier, the FSA is encouraging farmers to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on-line. “We also have some new tools that we’re able to work with producers through a digital environmental,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “We’re able to send applications to producers. Also there’s an opportunity there to […]