- USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers
- 3 Big Things Today, May 22, 2020
- 7 ag stories you might have missed this week – May 22, 2020
- Robotic Planting Stirs Curiosity and Debate
- Ethanol COVID-19 Relief Gains Momentum
- More U.S. ag products eligible for export to China
- Groups react to Trump’s suggestion that cattle imports be ‘terminated’
- National FFA develops program to help chapters during COVID-19
- China Reiterates Pledge to Implement Phase One Agreement
- USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers
- Rural Mainstreet: 3 of 4 Banks Restructuring Farm Loans
- NAFB Releases Farmer Survey Results Regarding COVID-19
- Which is Better – CFAP or MFP
- USDA pledges fast delivery of COVID-19 aid while it considers expanding coverage
- Branstad still hopeful for more ag purchases under ‘phase one’ deal with China
- Trump launches coronavirus aid to agriculture, with a $750,000 top payment
- Soybeans marketed before January 15th not eligible for CFAP payments
- Taking Interest in Interest Rate Effects on Ag Prices
- Eligible bushels for coronavirus payment remain unclear, economists say
- Ethanol COVID-19 Relief Gains Momentum | House, Senate Bills Would Provide Financial Assistance to Biofuel Producers
- Trump says U.S. should halt cattle imports
- 50-State survey: Liability for pesticide drift
- ‘Owning Your Piece of Texas’ workshops rescheduled Workshops focus on Texas landowner laws
- Lawyer at grain briefing foresees workplace COVID litigation
- Michigan farmers impacted by flood damage
- Biden rips Trump over handling of food supply disruptions
- Report Predicts Summer National Fuel Prices Down 35 Percent
- Protecting American Wheat Fields
- FFA Launches Crises Relief Program To Assist Chapters During Pandemic
- USDA Releases "Season-Average Price Forecasts" Report
- USDA Releases "Oil Crops Outlook" Report
- NAWG: Necessary CFAP Assistance Provided For Some Wheat Growers, Leaves Others Behind
- CFAP Payment Rates: Scroll to bottom of this linked page
- USDA PRESS RELEASE 05.19.2020: USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
- CFAP applications to open May 26
- CFAP Sign-up Details Released President Trump Announces Aid Package Sign-up for Farmers, Livestock Producers
- Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) FAQ
- CFAP Payment Breakdown USDA Spells Out Payment Details and Formula for Coronavirus Aid
- What you should know before you cash in equity
- Deep dive: Can technical analysis predict futures prices?
- Startup aims to slash farm costs by sidestepping distributors
- Meat production to rebound sharply after coronavirus slowdown – USDA
- Congressman calls on Perdue to look into processing discrimination
- 10 tips for navigating your farm through coronavirus
- House votes to double coronavirus payments to agriculture
- Farm Journal Live: CFAP Details with Jim Wiesemeyer
- Economist Says COVID Aid Will ‘Help Avert Disaster’
- AgriTalk: R-CALF CEO Discusses Cattle Industry During Pandemic
- Trump suggests ‘terminating’ deals that bring cattle into US
- USDA ISSUES "WHEAT OUTLOOK" REPORT
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance program on April 17, 2020. CFAP will use funding and authorities provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and other USDA existing authorities. https://www.farmers.gov/cfap
USDA PRESS RELEASE: USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the Department is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading.
FSA Expands Set-Aside Loan Provision for Customers Impacted by COVID-19
Set-Aside Delays Loan Payments for Borrowers
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2020– USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible, to have their next payment set aside. In some cases, FSA may also set aside a second payment for farmers who have already had one payment set aside because of a prior designated disaster. Continue reading.
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Ancillary Forms Needed to Complete CFAP Application| May 26 Open
Once signup begins on May 26, applicants will be able to download the application tool and forms at farmers.gov/CFAP. Applications may be submitted via mail, fax, hand delivery, or via electronic means. Contact your local service center for more information.
USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only. Once the application period opens, please call your FSA county office to schedule an appointment.
FSA staff at local USDA Service Centers will work with producers to file applications. Applications will be submitted electronically either by scanning, emailing, or faxing. Please call your office prior to sending applications electronically.
In addition to the application form, our staff will work with you to complete portions of the CCC-902 – Farm Operating Plan – if necessary. Additionally, the following forms will be needed for CFAP; if you are an existing customer, this information is likely on file at your local Service Center.
- CCC-901 Also Available in Spanish) – Identifies members of a farm or ranch that is a legal entity. Member Information will be completed by legal entities and joint operations to collect the following: member names, addresses, Tax Identification Numbers and citizenship status
- CCC-941 (Also Available in Spanish) – Reports your average adjusted gross income for programs where income restrictions apply.
- CCC-942 – If applicable, this certification reports income from farming, ranching, and forestry, for those exceeding the adjusted gross income limitation.
- AD-1026 (Also Available in Spanish) – Ensures compliance with highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation.
- AD-2047 – Provides basic customer contact information.
- SF-3881 – Collects your banking information to allow USDA to make payments to you via direct deposit.
FSA has streamlined the signup process to not require an acreage report at the time of application and a USDA farm number may not be immediately needed.
DC Signal to Noise with Jim Wiesemeyer
Every Friday, Pro Farmer Washington Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer separates the news from the noise in Washington, distilling the week’s news in agriculture down to the developments that will impact your farm and your community.
USDA promised details of the Coronavirus Food Aid Plan (CFAP) in a webinar on Thursday this week. That webinar ended up being painfully short and painfully short on details.
When will we get the rules for the ag aid program? Will USDA still be able to meet their target of sending the first round of direct payments in early July? Pro Farmer Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer has the latest in this week’s DC Signal to Noise Podcast.
The waiting game continues for vital details of USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The proposed rules for the ag aid package were delivered to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week. Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer expects those rules to be unveiled by USDA early next week with new payment caps.
In this week’s DC Signal to Noise, Wiesemeyer, Farm Journal News Director John Herath and Milk Editor Anna-Lisa Laca share what we do and don’t know about the aid program details. The trio also look at how the coronavirus aid could evolve into a dramatic change in how farm programs are legislated.
May 1, 2020 | Was USDA too Slow to Act
In this week’s DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesmeyer takes USDA to task for a slow response to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly when it comes to meat-packing plants. He looks at how farmers are still waiting for details on the Coronavirus Food Aid Program and how packing plants still need supplies to protect their workers.
April 24, 2020 | Ag Aid Payment Caps Will Not Last
There is a growing drumbeat of farm organizations, legislators and ag economists calling for USDA to raise or eliminate payment caps on coronavirus aid payments. Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer says the current caps will not stand. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) caps pay…
April 17, 2020 | Chief Ag Negotiator Offers Detailed View of China Trade Progress
Gregg Doud, the chief ag negotiator for the office of the U.S.Trade Representative, sits alone in the fourth floor of the USTR office amid the COVID-19 quarantine. He’s using the solitude to double-down on work to enact the Phase One trade agreement with China.
April 9, 2020 | The CARES Act Answer Man
Who can apply for small business loans under the CARES Act? What do farm businesses need to wary of? Will you qualify if you have H2A workers? This week on DC Signal to Noise we called on the answer man, Paul Neiffer of Clifton Larson Allen to clear up the confusion over the COVID-19 aid package.
Resources for Beginning Farmers
Fowler Agency, LLC Twitter FeedLoad More...
Thanks Laura Green and Melissa Warren for participating in the Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program!
Feel free to stop by any of our offices to drop off your old denim today!
#ProudToFarm #ProudToInsure #Recycle #Denim #Jeans #BlueJeansGoGreen #Natural #Fiber
First day of #plant2020 went pretty darn great here at Altman Farms!