Maine Risk Management and Crop Insurance News

Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in Maine for Apples and Blueberries

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Maine apple and blueberry growers that the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2023 crop year is November 20. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing policies also have until November 20 to do so. Growers are encouraged to visit their […]

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RMA Revises Dates for the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage and Apiculture Insurance Programs

RMA Revises Dates for the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage and Apiculture Insurance Programs   Agricultural producers will now have until December 1st to make coverage decisions and complete reporting activities for the Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Pilot Insurance Program (PRF) and Apiculture Pilot Insurance Program (API). The USDA’s Risk Management Agency is making changes to these two […]

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USDA Reminds Producers to File Crop Acreage Reports

USDA Reminds Producers to File Crop Acreage Reports WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021 – Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before the applicable deadline. July 15 is a major deadline for most crops, but acreage reporting deadlines […]

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USDA Announces Additional Aid to Ag Producers and Businesses in Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative

USDA Announces Additional Aid to Ag Producers and Businesses in Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative WASHINGTON, June 15, 2021 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Earlier this year, Secretary Vilsack announced plans to use available pandemic assistance […]

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USDA to Invest $15 Million in the Future of Conservation Through Innovation Grants Program

USDA to Invest $15 Million in the Future of Conservation Through Innovation Grants Program USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing up to $15 million to support the development of new tools, approaches, practices and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. This year, funded […]

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USDA to Begin Loan Payments to Socially Disadvantaged Borrowers

USDA to Begin Loan Payments to Socially Disadvantaged Borrowers Under American Rescue Plan Act The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides funding and authorization for USDA FSA to pay up to 120 percent of direct and guaranteed loan outstanding balances as of January 1, 2021, for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers as defined […]

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USDA Announces June 2021 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers

USDA Announces June 2021 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures, or meet cash flow needs. Operating and Ownership Loans FSA offers farm ownership and operating loans to eligible agricultural producers. For […]

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