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National Program Deadlines

View important upcoming and ongoing national USDA program deadlines. Note that this list does not include every deadline, and only includes federal deadlines. Check with your local USDA Service Center to learn about all available programs, and programs that have local or state level deadlines.

Upcoming Deadlines

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.

This deadline is only for Christmas trees, turf grass sod, mushrooms, ginseng, floriculture and aquaculture.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 provides direct relief for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Applications are available September 21, 2020 through December 11, 2020.

Seafood Trade Relief Program

The Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP) is part of a relief strategy to support fishermen and other producers while the administration continues to work on free, fair and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets to help American farmers compete globally. 

Applications are available September 14, 2020 through December 14, 2020.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.

This deadline is only for honey and maple sap.

Marketing Assistance Loans

Marketing assistance loans provide producers interim financing at harvest time to meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows.

This deadline is only for prior year harvested wheat, barley, canola, crambe, flaxseed, honey, oats, rapeseed, and sesame.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.

This deadline is only for ornamental nurseries.

Local Deadlines and Ongoing Programs

The following federal USDA programs either do not have a deadline or have ongoing signup. Check with your local USDA Service Center to learn more about programs that have local or state level deadlines.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) - Continuous

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provides farmers and ranchers an income source in exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production in an effort to improve environmental health and quality.

Signup for the continuous Conservation Reserve Program began on December 9, 2019 and is ongoing.

Acreage Reporting

Acreage reporting is an important part of determining your eligibility for many USDA assistance programs. A crop acreage report documents all crops and the intended uses.

Acreage reporting dates vary by crop and by county. Contact your local USDA Service Center for details. 

Past Deadlines

Enrollment for the following federal USDA programs has ended. Check with your local USDA Service Center to learn about programs that are currently open or that have local or state level deadlines.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
September 11, 2020

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. Producers should apply through the Farm Service Agency at their local USDA Service Center.

Applications opened May 26, 2020, and will close on September 11, 2020.

Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) Pilot
August 21, 2020

The Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) pilot provides financial assistance to producers with 50,000 acres or less who are located in the prairie pothole states of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Signup started on March 30, 2020, and will end on August 21, 2020.

Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs
June 30, 2020

The Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Control (PLC) programs provide income support to farmers and ranchers when there are substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. 

Signup started on October 7, 2019, and will end on June 30, 2020.