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

Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs

You can now change elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2023 crop year, two key safety net programs offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Signup began Monday, and producers have until March 15, 2023, to enroll in these two programs. 

Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Phase Two 

USDA's Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Phase Two fills remaining gaps in previous ERP natural disaster assistance. To be eligible for ERP Phase Two, producers must have suffered a decrease in allowable gross revenue in 2020 or 2021 due to necessary expenses related to losses of eligible crops from a qualifying natural disaster event. Assistance will be primarily to producers of crops that were not covered by Federal Crop Insurance or NAP, since crops covered by Federal Crop Insurance and NAP were included in the assistance under ERP Phase One.  Signup opens Jan. 23 and closes on June 2, 2023.

Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP)

USDA's Pandemic Assistance Relief Program (PARP) wraps-up and fills remaining gaps in previous pandemic assistance. To be eligible for PARP, an agricultural producer must have been in the business of farming during at least part of the 2020 calendar year and had a 15% or greater decrease in allowable gross revenue for the 2020 calendar year, as compared to a baseline year. Signup opens Jan. 23 and closes on June 2, 2023.

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.

Crop Acreage Reporting

Crop 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.

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

General Disaster Programs

USDA offers a variety of helpful programs with ongoing and localized deadlines to support agricultural producers including:

  • Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) which provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to restore farmland damaged by natural disasters and for emergency water conservation measures in severe droughts.
  • FSA Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) which  provides funding to restore privately owned forests damaged by natural disasters.
  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) which provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or prevents crop planting.
  • Tree Assistance Program (TAP) which provides financial cost-share assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or, where applicable, rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines lost by natural disasters.
Livestock Disaster Programs

USDA offers a variety of helpful programs with ongoing and localized deadlines to support livestock producers including:

  • Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) which provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary.
  • Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) which provides benefits to livestock owners and some contract growers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by eligible loss conditions, including eligible adverse weather, eligible disease and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law (including wolves and avian predators).
  • Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides payments to eligible livestock owners and contract growers who have covered livestock and produce grazed forage crop acreage that has suffered a loss of grazed forage due to a qualifying drought during the normal grazing period for the county.
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.

Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops Program  
January 31, 2023

USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops Program (FSCSC) assists specialty crop operations that incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses related to obtaining or renewing a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 and 2023. The deadline to apply for FSCSC assistance for calendar year 2022 is January 31, 2023.

 

Dairy Margin Coverage Program (DMC)
January 31, 2023

Dairy producers can now enroll for 2023 coverage through the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program, an important safety net program from USDA that helps producers manage changes in milk and feed prices. Last year, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) took steps to improve coverage, especially for small- and mid-sized dairies, including offering a new Supplemental DMC program and updating its feed cost formula to better address retroactive, current and future feed costs. These changes continue to support producers through this year’s signup, which began Oct. 17 and ends Jan 31, 2023.

Commodity Container Assistance Program (CCAP)
January 31, 2023

Ongoing market disruptions have created logistical challenges associated with the availability and flow of containers to transport agricultural commodities, which has prevented or delayed American-grown agricultural commodities from reaching their markets. The Commodity Container Assistance Program (CCAP) currently includes a partnership with the Port of Oakland in California and the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), which is a marine cargo operating partnership between the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma in Washington State. The Farm Service Agency is providing per-container payments at eligible ports to help cover additional logistics costs and ensure that American-grown commodities can once again move efficiently through supply chains to global markets.

Applications will be accepted based on the number of eligible shipping containers utilized between March 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022. The deadline to apply for CCAP is Jan. 31, 2023.

Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)
January 30, 2023

USDA's Farm Service Agency is accepting applications for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) to provide financial assistance to eligible livestock and forage producers for 2022 grazing losses due to a qualifying drought or fire. The deadline to apply for 2022 LFP assistance is Jan. 30, 2023.

A Second Disaster Set-Aside for Farm Loans
December 31, 2022

USDA borrowers can use the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision to set aside their next payment. Normally used in the wake of natural disasters, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) expanded the provision to cover borrowers impacted by the pandemic. FSA is allowing producers to apply for a second DSA for COVID-19 or a second DSA for a natural disaster for producers with an initial DSA for COVID-19. The COVID-19 DSA is available for borrowers with installments due before December 31, 2022, and whose installment is not more than 90 days past due when the DSA request is made.

Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Phase One
December 16, 2022

The first phase of ERP assistance provides payments to producers who were impacted by wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, winter storms, and other eligible disasters experienced during calendar years 2020 and 2021. Producers who are eligible for assistance through ERP Phase One have until Friday, December 16, 2022, to contact FSA at their local USDA Service Center to receive program benefits.

RMA Virtual Roadshow Series - Dec 13
December 13, 2022

RMA is offering a virtual workshop on Dec. 13 (Join the event) for agricultural producers — especially important to specialty crop, organic, urban, and direct market producers— and stakeholders to learn about the latest updates and improvements to the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) and the Micro Farm insurance options.

RMA is hosting these workshops for agricultural producers via Microsoft Teams events to help them understand and know more about these very important insurance options. The Roadshows will include RMA Administrator Marcia Bunger and other team members to highlight important improvements to Whole-Farm and Micro Farm and answer questions about these insurance options.

RMA Virtual Roadshow Series - Dec 7
December 07, 2022

RMA is offering a virtual workshop on Dec. 7 (Join the Event) for agricultural producers — especially important to specialty crop, organic, urban, and direct market producers— and stakeholders to learn about the latest updates and improvements to the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) and the Micro Farm insurance options.

RMA is hosting these workshops for agricultural producers via Microsoft Teams events to help them understand and know more about these very important insurance options. The Roadshows will include RMA Administrator Marcia Bunger and other team members to highlight important improvements to Whole-Farm and Micro Farm and answer questions about these insurance options.

RMA Virtual Roadshow Series - Nov 15
November 15, 2022

RMA is offering virtual workshops on Nov. 15 (Join the event) and Dec. 13 (Join the event) for agricultural producers — especially important to specialty crop, organic, urban, and direct market producers— and stakeholders to learn about the latest updates and improvements to the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) and the Micro Farm insurance options.

RMA will host these workshops for agricultural producers via Microsoft Teams events to help them understand and know more about these very important insurance options. The Roadshows will include RMA Administrator Marcia Bunger and other team members to highlight important improvements to Whole-Farm and Micro Farm and answer questions about these insurance options.

Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)
October 31, 2022

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) from May 16, 2022, through October 31, 2022. OCCSP provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP).

Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP)
October 31, 2022

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications for the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) from May 16, 2022, through October 31, 2022. OTECP provides cost share for certification costs for organic producers and handlers, eligible expenses for transitional producers, registration fees for educational events, and soil testing. OTECP builds on the Organic Cost Share Certification Program (OCCSP) and is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.