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  • USDA announces milk loss assistance for dairy operations

    Updated Sep 13, 2023

    WASHINGTON — The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Monday Milk Loss Program assistance for eligible dairy operations for milk that was dumped or removed, without compensation, from the commercial milk market due to qualifying weather events and the consequences of those weather events that inhibited delivery or storage of milk (e.g., power outages, impassable roads, infrastructure losses, etc.) during calendar years 2020, 2021 and 2022.  Administered by the Farm Service Agency, signup for MLP began Monday, Sep...

  • More networks for help transitioning to organic available

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    USDA The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Jan. 20 the partner organizations that farmers can contact to learn more about transitioning to organic. These organizations are also entry points for existing organic farmers wanting to serve as paid mentors to help establish the next generation of organic farmers. This work is part of the Organic Transition Initiative, which supports transitioning and recently transitioned producers who face technical, cultural, and market shifts during the transition period and the first...

  • USDA announces additional assistance for dairy farmers

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    USDA WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday the details of additional assistance for dairy producers, including a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program — PMVAP — and a new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program — ODMAP. The update to PMVAP and the new ODMAP will enable USDA to better support small- and medium-sized dairy operations who weathered the pandemic and now face other challenges. “The Biden-Harris administration continues to fulfill its commit...

  • Signup opening for 2023 assistance for on-farm food safety expenses for specialty crop growers

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    USDA WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding specialty crop producers of available assistance to help cover certain costs of complying with regulatory and market-driven food safety certification requirements. Applications for the Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops — FSCSC — program for eligible 2022 costs are due by Jan. 31, 2023. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept applications for 2023 costs from Feb. 1, 2023, to Jan. 31, 2024. FSA is making available up to $200 million through the FSC...