USDA Extends Deadlines, Defers Interest Accrual Due to COVID-19

(Washington, D.C., August 5, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will authorize Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to extend deadlines for premium and administrative fee payments, defer the resulting interest accrual and allow other flexibilities to help farmers, ranchers, and insurance providers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

USDA Approves Arkansas and Hawaii to Accept SNAP Benefits Online

(Washington, D.C., July 23, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from Arkansas and Hawaii to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This approval will allow Arkansas and Hawaii to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date to be announced at a later time.

USDA Announces $15 Million in Funding Opportunities to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced approximately $15 million in available funding to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the 2501 Program). The program is administered by the USDA Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement (OPPE).