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The Farm Service Agency reported Jan. 30 new deadlines for signing up for farm programs to adjust for the disruption caused by the government shutdown, and it provided links to government documents about the changes.

Below are the program extension dates from FSA:

  • Market Facilitation Program, deadline to apply Feb. 14;

  • Marketing Assistance Loans, if loan matured in December 2018, settlement date is Feb. 14. Availability for peanut loans or loan deficiency payments is now Feb. 28;

  • Emergency Conservation Program, performance reporting due Feb. 14;

  • Livestock Forage Disaster, 2018 application for payment due Feb. 28;

  • 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, Feb. 14 is the deadline for submitting 2019 application for coverage; notice of loss for 72-hour harvest and grazing (as applicable); notice of loss for prevented planting and failed acres, and applications for payment for 2018 covered losses;

  • Tree Assistance Program, notice of loss due Feb. 14;

  • January reporting deadlines extended to Feb. 14 for fall-planted small grains (including wheat) and canola.

FAS changes

Meanwhile USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service said Jan. 31 that after not publishing a weekly export sales report since Dec. 20, it has resumed daily reporting.

FAS said it will implement the following schedule to bring weekly reporting up to date:

The week ending Dec. 20, 2018, were published Jan. 31, 2019.

The week ending Dec. 27, 2018, were published Feb. 7, 2019.

The week ending Jan. 3, which was to include the marketing year changeover figures for hides and skins, wet blues, pork and beef, will be published Feb. 14.

A combined report for the weeks ending Jan. 10 through Feb. 14, 2019, will be published on Feb. 22.

The regular reporting schedule will resume for the week ending Feb. 22. 

NASS reports

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s rescheduled the release of the 2017 Census of Agriculture for noon on April 11.

The report, which covers a five-year period, was supposed to be released on Feb. 21 at the time of the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum, but the agency “missed key analysis and report development time” during the partial government shutdown, a NASS spokesperson told The Hagstrom Report.

The April 11 release date also depends on whether funding remains available for fiscal year 2019, the spokesperson added.

The bill that Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed funds the government only through Feb. 15.

NASS also rescheduled the release of most of its reports that did not appear during the government shutdown and canceled a few.

“During the lapse, NASS was not able to collect data nor issue reports,” NASS said in a news release.

Larry Dreiling can be reached at 785-628-1117 or ldreiling@hpj.com.

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