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.
The Farm Service Agency is expanding CLEAR30 – a water-quality focused option available through CRP – to agricultural producers, nationwide. CLEAR30 provides an opportunity for producers to receive incentives for a 30-year commitment to water quality practices on their CRP land, building on their original 10- to 15-year CRP contracts. CLEAR30 is available to producers with CRP contracts expiring September 30, 2021.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications for CRP Grasslands from July 12 to August 20. CRP Grasslands helps landowners and operators protect grassland, including rangeland, and pastureland and certain other lands, while maintaining the areas as grazing lands. Protecting grasslands contributes positively to the economy of many regions, provides biodiversity of plant and animal populations, and improves environmental quality.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) from July 20 to September 17, 2021. PLIP will provide relief to chicken, turkey, and swine producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing. PLIP, part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, will provide assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications for the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers program (PATHH) from July 22 to October 15, 2021. PATHH will provide relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19. PATHH is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.
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.
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.
Through the Conservation Reserve Program, farmers and ranchers establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland. The CRP general signup opened Jan. 4, 2021. The original Feb. 12 deadline was extended, and a new deadline has not been set. This signup includes increased opportunities for enrollment of wildlife habitat through the State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative.
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.
USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for producers of agricultural commodities marketed in 2020 who faced market disruptions due to COVID-19. FSA will accept new and modified CFAP applications beginning April 5, 2021. A program deadline will be announced at a later date.
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.
The Farm Service Agency is accepting applications for the Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) through July 30 (originally July 16, but FSA extended). SHIPP provides a short-term option to plant cover on less productive agricultural lands while improving soil health and carbon sequestration. SHIPP is a pilot program and only available to producers in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota.
Through CRP, producers and landowners establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water quality, and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland. Lands enrolled in CRP also play a key role in mitigating impacts from climate change, and FSA has added a new Climate-Smart Practice Incentive for practices that sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
USDA is supporting climate-smart agriculture and forestry through a targeted Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) signup in 10 states, with state-specific deadlines below. States were selected based on demonstrated demand for additional support for climate-smart practices. This pilot will be expanded through a comprehensive effort across all states and programs to support farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in fiscal year 2022.
2021 State Signup Deadlines
July 9: Arkansas, Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin
July 12: Pennsylvania
July 15: Georgia, Montana
July 16: Michigan, Mississippi
July 23: North Carolina
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the new Conservation Incentive Contracts to help agricultural producers alleviate the immediate impacts of drought and other natural resource challenges on working lands. The Conservation Incentive Contracts pilot is only available to producers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Oregon.
Through the new Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium if they planted cover crops during this crop year. Producers must file a Report of Acreage form (FSA-578) for cover crops with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) by June 15, 2021 to receive the benefit.
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.