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Frequently Asked Questions

Are USDA program signups still occurring, even if Service Centers are not open to the public?

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are continuing to receive and process applications for key programs, including:

– Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs (deadline for 2020 is June 30);
– Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus and other disaster assistance programs; and
– FSA and NRCS conservation programs.

Producers can also still receive assistance with conservation planning and acreage reporting. More information is available on the USDA website.

I have a Marketing Assistance Loan through USDA. Do I have more time to repay it?

Producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL), as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The loans now mature at 12 months rather than nine, and this flexibility is available for most commodities. More information is available on the USDA website.

Are food products produced in the United States and exported a risk for the spread of COVID-19?

No. There is no evidence to suggest that food produced in the United States can transmit COVID-19. Additionally, currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. More information is available on the USDA website.

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