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18 September 2020
USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP) for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for CFAP 2 will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020.

Producers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). Customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with the team at the FSA county office.

A complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap.

 

28 July 2020
USDA Investigates Packages of Unsolicited Seeds from China

USDA Investigates Packages of Unsolicited Seeds from China

USDA is aware that people across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies, and State departments of agriculture to investigate the situation.

08 May 2020
Governor Bullock Presses USDA to Allow Locally Produced Meat to go to Montanans Hardest Hit by COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Bullock Presses USDA to Allow Locally Produced Meat to go to Montanans Hardest Hit by COVID-19 Pandemic

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock sent a letter U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to allow some local processing in order to avoid food waste and get local meat to Montana food banks for Montanans hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19.

The USDA recently denied a request by the Montana Department of Livestock to consider modified protocols that would allow selected processors to process some local demand from Montana producers and farmers, instead of continuing to require that product be processed at facilities that are increasingly reaching capacity.

10 March 2020
USDA Approves Montana Hemp Production Plan

USDA Approves Montana Hemp Production Plan

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) received formal approval of its hemp production plan by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on March 6, 2020. This federal authorization comes after a nearly 60-day review period.

03 February 2020
Governor Bullock Announces Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation Approved

Governor Bullock Announces Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation Approved

Governor Bullock Announces Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation Approved

Governor Steve Bullock today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture granted a secretarial natural disaster designation to 17 counties who requested federal assistance after suffering losses caused by multiple disasters during the 2019 crop year.

“Montana farmers faced extraordinary circumstances this season with snowstorms, freezing temperatures, and excessive rain that left them with unharvested crops and in a dire financial situation,” said Governor Bullock. “I am thankful the USDA granted this secretarial natural disaster designation so farmers can access the critical resources they need to have a successful 2020 season.”

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16 March 2019
USDA is Still Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to Colombia, June 4-7

USDA is Still Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to Colombia, June 4-7

Are you looking for a thriving market to grow your food and agricultural exports?

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a trade mission to Bogota, June 4-7, 2019, and learn how the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) is opening doors, creating new opportunities and helping U.S. ag exports flourish to record levels.

13 March 2019
USDA Announces Launch of the Start Simple with MyPlate Campaign

USDA Announces Launch of the Start Simple with MyPlate Campaign

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 -- In a continuing effort to help Americans make healthy food choices, and in honor of National Nutrition Month®, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced a new campaign to help simplify the nutrition information that surrounds us each day.

08 March 2019
Join USDA Trade Mission to Colombia, June 4-7

Join USDA Trade Mission to Colombia, June 4-7

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a trade mission to Bogota, June 4-7, 2019, and learn how the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) is opening doors, creating new opportunities and helping U.S. ag exports flourish to record levels.

29 May 2018
From USDA: Informational Webinar Posted on the Proposed Rule for National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

From USDA: Informational Webinar Posted on the Proposed Rule for National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

The recently announced informational webinar about the Proposed National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard is now available online. The pre-recorded webinar provides an overview of the background, provisions and potential impacts of the proposed standard.

The informational webinar is now available for viewing on the BE Disclosure and Labeling page on the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service website under Resources.  

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