USDA selects Christopher Purdy as new deputy administrator of the Specialty Crops Program

In an email to Specialty Crop Stakeholders, the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service announced it has selected Christopher "Chris" Purdy as the new Deputy Administrator of the Specialty Crops Program... more »

USDA invests $2 Million to train farmers in risk management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that funds are available, up to $2 million, for cooperative agreements for risk management education and training programs that support farmers and rancher... more »

USDA completes environmental assessment for Spotted Lanternfly Control Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) completed a supplemental environmental assessment (EA), as required under the National Environmental Policy Ac... more »

USDA offers new, simplified direct loan application for producers

USDA is now offering a new, simplified direct loan application for all producers seeking a direct farm loan from the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The new application is 13 pages, compared to the former ... more »

USDA announces Conservation Reserve Program signup for 2023

CRP is a cornerstone voluntary conservation program to address climate change and help agricultural communities invest in the long-term well-being of their land and natural resources.   more »

USDA provides more than $70 million to protect crops and natural resources from invasive pests and diseases

These projects allow USDA and its partners to quickly detect and respond to invasive plant pests and diseases. USDA has provided nearly $809 million in funding through the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program since 2009. more »

USDA invests over $200 million to expand ag exports through market development programs

Funding has been awarded to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations, including those for almond, walnut, pistachio and pecan. more »

Nationwide farmer, rancher and forest manager prospective customer survey

USDA is seeking the unique perspectives from both existing and prospective customers, especially prospective customers who don’t know about the farm programs, have yet to work with them, and those who were unable to participate in the past. more »

USDA announces November 2022 lending rates for agricultural producers

USDA's Farm Service Agency offers farm ownership and operating loans with favorable interest rates and terms to help eligible agricultural producers obtain needed financing. more »

US to offer debt relief for farmers facing hardships

In the past several years, farmers and ranchers reported facing financial difficulties, including pandemic-related impacts, supply-chain backlogs, high costs and extreme weather events, such as drought and wildfires. more »

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