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INCOME IMPROVEMENT: The USDA Farm Service Agency again is operational after the government shutdown, and farmers can sign up to take part in programs.

USDA Farm Service Agency program extensions end Feb. 14

8 farm programs need your information by next week.

With the USDA Farm Service Agency offices reopened, farmers have a short window to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program and Livestock Forage Program.

The deadline for the Market Facilitation Program is Feb. 14. This program includes all operators and landowners who shared in corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, wheat, hogs and dairy during 2018.

Individuals must opt in to participate. Farmers who already had an eligible crop in 2018 need to sign part D of the application before the deadline. They can certify bushels by May 1.

Many livestock producers already have signed up for Livestock Forage Program. In northwest Missouri, more than 600 producers took part in LFP. The program provided compensation for farmers who suffered grazing losses during the 2018 drought. Farmers have a little more time to sign up for LFP as its deadline was extended to Feb. 28.  Those interested in the program will need to have livestock numbers, separated by adults and calves weighing at least 500 pounds by July 2018, and any cash leases on rented land on hand when they visit the local FSA office.

Here are some other deadline extensions of USDA farm programs:

Marketing Assistance Loans
• If loan matured in December 2018, settlement date extended to Feb. 14

Emergency Conservation Program
• Performance reporting due Feb. 14

Emergency Assistance Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program
• Notice of loss due Feb. 14

Livestock Indemnity Program
• Notice of loss due Feb. 14

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
• Submitting 2019 application for coverage due Feb. 14

• Notice of loss for 72-hour harvest and grazing (as applicable) due Feb. 14

• Notice of loss for prevented planting and failed acres due Feb. 14

• Applications for payment for 2018 covered losses due Feb. 14

Tree Assistance Program
• Notice of loss due Feb. 14

Acreage Reporting
• January reporting deadlines extended to Feb. 14

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