Farmers:  If your cropland or pasture was hurt in the September 2018 flooding, please see https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/emergency-conservation/index.
      How Does the Funding Work?

The funding for ECP is determined by Congress. Up to 75% of the cost to implement emergency conservation practices can be provided, however the final amount is determined by the committee reviewing the application. Qualified limited resource producers may earn up to 90% cost-share. The FSA County Committee is able to approve applications up to $50,000 while $50,001 to $100,000 requires state committee approval. Amounts over $100,000 require the approval of the national FSA office.

Farmers and ranchers should check with their local FSA office to find out about ECP sign-up periods, which are set by the FSA County Committee.

A new website from the Depart of Ag for access to programs, info tools and personal advice for farmers, ranchers and private foresters.  Check it out!  Fund page is https://www.farmers.gov/fund   Home page is https://www.farmers.gov/

In 2018, Secretary Perdue unveiled farmers.gov, a dynamic, mobile-friendly public website combined with an authenticated portal where customers will be able to apply for programs, process transactions and manage accounts.

Navigating the H-2A Visa Process:

Focused on education and smaller owner-operators, this farmers.gov H-2A Phase I release includes an H-2A Visa Program page and interactive checklist tool, with application requirements, fees, forms, and a timeline built around a farmer’s hiring needs.

You may view the video at this following link: youtu.be/E-TXREaZhnI

The H-2A Visa Program – also known as the temporary agricultural workers program – helps American farmers fill employment gaps by hiring workers from other countries. The U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of State, and state workforce agencies each manage parts of the H-2A Visa Program independently, with separate websites and complex business applications.

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has micro and Operating Loans. https://fsa.blogs.govdelivery.com/2017/09/28/fsa-operating-loan-helps-a-wisconsin-youtuber-make-his-farm-work/
From College Project to Full Time Job, USDA Microloan Helps Kentucky Heritage Livestock Farmer - Great story - https://fsa.blogs.govdelivery.com/2017/10/06/from-college-project-to-full-time-job-usda-microloan-helps-kentucky-heritage-livestock-farmer/
Beginning Farmer Loan Program Through the Kansas Development Finance Authority  See http://www.kdfa.org/BeginningFarmer
Agricultural Resource Guide to Grants and loans (All in one place!)
 
See http://agriculture.ks.gov/docs/default-source/ag-marketing/agriculture-grants-and-loans-available.pdf?sfvrsn=8
USDA Resumes Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment   https://www.fsa.usda.gov/news-room/news-releases/2018/nr_20180601_rel_0093

USDA Conservation Collaboration Grants

The purpose of the collaboration grants is to leverage agency resources to improve soil health, improve water quality, provide habitat for local wildlife species of concern, improve the environmental and economic performance of working ag lands, and assist communities and groups to build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.  Kansas is one of five states selected to participate and is estimated to receive $2 million in funding. The grants will be one to three years in length. Learn more and apply at:https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311844

USDA Disaster Resource Center with a searchable knowledge base from bee loss, to crop pest damage, to viral animal damage, and all types of natural disasters. 
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=disaster-help
Free Energy Audit for Small Business or Farm 
Agriculture Grant
Do you work in Ag?  Value-Added Producer Grants have just received more money.  It may be used to develop new products and create additional uses for existing ones. Priority for these grants is given to veterans, beginning operations, small- and medium-sized family farms and ranchers, and projects that will create or increase marketing opportunities for these types of operators. $75,000.00 maximum award.
 
Example awards from 2015 include $75,000 to conduct a feasibility study on processing, packaging and marketing buffalo meat, and $49,663 grant to expand distribution of  free-range chicken products into eastern CO and western KS markets.
 
Nervous about submitting a grant?  There's help.  Contact us on the contact tab.  
 
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/08/2016-08028/inviting-applications-for-value-added-producer-grants
Agriculture Microloan  Information - Up to 50K loan for lower interest rates.  Worth checking out -
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/microloans/index
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/news-room/news-releases/2016/nr_20160902_rel_0107
Helpful Government Information
Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Farm Income Forecast for 2016
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/bulletins/17637ef
Dairy Margin Protection Program USDA 

This information has recently been updated.https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USFSA/bulletins/15aeac7

 

USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment
Streamlined Crop Reporting 
USDA Crop Insurance Allows for more Flexible Planting

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