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

Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP)

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications for the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 from November 8, 2021, through January 7, 2022. OTECP provides assistance for certified organic operations and transitional operations that incurred eligible expenses in fiscal years 2020, 2021, and/or 2022. This program 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

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. 

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.

NRCS Conservation Programs - State Ranking Dates

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) accepts applications for its conservation programs year-round. Producers should apply by their state’s ranking dates to be considered for funding in the current cycle. Applications received after ranking dates will be automatically deferred to the next funding period.

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.

Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers Program (PATHH)
October 15, 2021

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. 

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2)
October 12, 2021

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. CFAP is part of USDA's Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

FSA will accept new and modified CFAP 2 applications April 5, 2021 through October 12, 2021.

Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP)
October 12, 2021

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) from July 20 to October 12, 2021. FSA extended the original signup deadline, which was 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.