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RALEIGH — Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation.

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WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible, to have their next payment set aside. In some cases, FSA may also set aside a second payment for farmers who have already had one payment set aside because of a prior designated disaster. 

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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RALEIGH — Buying meat, in our recent and collective memories, hasn’t been a problem.

Whether from a big, chain grocery store, a farmers market, or boutique butcher shop, if customers wanted a certain cut of meat, or a certain protein, they found it. Usually with little effort, if any at all.

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RALEIGH —The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is now accepting new or modified proposals from state governments for its State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Initiative.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the availability of $3 million for grants through its new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories, Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. USDA will accept applications on Grants.gov until midnight July 6, 2020.

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RALEIGH — The clock is ticking on hemp licenses for North Carolina farmers.

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced recipients of over $1.3 million in funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The funding will be used for projects that enhance the quality of specialty crops grown in North Carolina.

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 WASHINGTON — Perdue Foods, LLC, a Perry, Georgia, establishment, is recalling approximately 495 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. The product contains wheat, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. 

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WASHINGTON— Home Market Foods, Inc., a Norwood, Massachusetts, establishment, is recalling approximately 53,217 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat beef and pork meatball products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced (Thursday). The products contain milk and wheat, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label. 

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