USDA’s Farm Service Agency has taken on a larger role in farmers’ financial books the past five years. Whether it’s responding to a trade war with China, the effects of coronavirus and the lockdowns that followed, or one natural disaster after another, FSA and its county offices have provided opportunities for farmers to respond and rebound from any setbacks. Administrator Zach Ducheneaux says programs in the past year, including the Emergency Livestock Relief Program and Phase One of the Emergency Relief Program, quickly connected farmers with needed relief.
Ducheneaux anticipates increased demand for FSA assistance in farm loans, using new tools enabled by the Inflation Reduction Act.
Farm Service Agency administrator Zach Ducheneaux notes in addition to all these programs, FSA has continued to maintain its crop coverage staples, ARC and PLC. Details about FSA programs are available through the agency’s website, Farmers.gov portal, or your nearest USDA Service Center.