U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Director Tim Siehr reminds producers that USDA offers interim financing at harvest time to help producers meet cash flow needs without having to sell commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows. The programs, known as Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs), were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill for the 2014-2018 crop years.
“These are among the many tools offered by FSA to help farmers navigate price and market conditions, so as we approach the harvest season, we encourage producers to consider these programs as a helpful option,” said Siehr.
A producer who is eligible to obtain a marketing loan, but agrees to forgo the loan, may obtain a loan deficiency payment if such a payment is available. The programs provide financing and marketing assistance for wheat, feed grains, soybeans and other oilseeds, pulse crops, wool and honey. For eligibility, producers must control the commodity or a title to the commodity until the loan is repaid.
FSA is now accepting applications for all eligible commodities. For expedited service, interested producers are encouraged to schedule an appointment. For more information visit fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport.