While the government reopened this week, the 35-day shutdown caused some issues for farmers applying for Farm Service Agency programs. This week, USDA released a list of FSA program deadline extensions. The extensions are as follows:
Market Facilitation Program - Deadline to apply extended to Feb. 14, 2019.
Marketing Assistance Loans - If loan matured in December 2018, settlement date extended to Feb. 14, 2019. Peanut loans or Loan deficiency payments - loan availability date now Feb. 28, 2019.
Livestock Forage Disaster - 2018 application for payment due Feb. 28, 2019.
Emergency Assistance Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish Program - Notice of loss due Feb. 14, 2019.
Livestock Indemnity Program - Notice of loss due Feb. 14, 2019.
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program - Submitting 2019 application for coverage due Feb. 14, 2019. Notice of loss for 72-hour harvest and grazing (as applicable) due Feb. 14, 2019.
Notice of loss for prevented planting and failed acres due Feb. 14, 2019. Applications for payment for 2018 covered losses due Feb. 14, 2019.
Tree Assistance Program - Notice of loss due Feb. 14, 2019.
Acreage Reporting - January reporting deadlines extended to Feb. 14, 2019.
For more information on program deadlines and application materials, view this Jan. 28 fact sheet or Jan. 25 FSA notice.