Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation

Farm Service Agency News

This following are excerpts from the Farm Service Agency Electronic News Service Newsletter: May 2019   To read these articles in their entirety from the monthly newsletter click here.

Message from the SED

Organic Producers and Handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.  FSA will also accept applications from state agencies through May 29, 2019, for grant agreements to administer the OCCSP program for fiscal year 2019.

Also,  the March 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.85 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment for dairy producers who purchase the....

 Farm Safety

Flowing grain in a storage bin or gravity-flow wagon is like quicksand — it can kill quickly. It takes less than five seconds for a person caught in flowing grain to be trapped.

The mechanical operation of grain handling equipment also presents a real danger. Augers, power take offs, and other moving parts can grab people or clothing.

These hazards, along with pinch points and missing shields, are dangerous enough for adults; not to mention children. It is always advisable to keep children a safe distance from operating farm equipment. Always use extra caution when...

USDA Microloans Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and Improve Property

Producers, Including Beginning and Underserved Farmers, Have a New Option to Gain Access to Land

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans are especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations.

The microloan program has been hugely successful, providing more than 16,800 low-interest loans, totaling over $373 million to producers across the country. Microloans have helped farmers and ranchers with operating costs, such as feed, fertilizer, tools, fencing, equipment, and living expenses since 2013. Seventy percent of loans have gone to new farmers.

Now, microloans will be available to also help with farm land and building purchases, and soil and water conservation improvements. FSA designed the expanded program to simplify the application process, expand eligibility requirements and expedite smaller real estate loans to help farmers strengthen their operations. Microloans provide up to $50,000 to qualified producers, and can be issued to the applicant directly from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).

To learn more about the FSA microloan program visit, or contact your local FSA office.

Important Dates:

May 31st -

  Final availability date for 2018 Marketing Assistance Loans & LDPs for Rice, Upland Cotton, Soybeans, Corn and Grain Sorghum.

August 1 -

 Final date to request a Farm Reconstitution for 2019

 GAP/GHP Training

 Arkansas Land & Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) provides technical assistance to alternative crop (vegetable) growers  to meet the regulatory requirements in the Food Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) & Good Handling Practices (GHP) are component tools of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection requirements of commercial growers to sell to Walmart/Kroger.


ALCDC offered a free produce safety training through the Produce Safety Alliance of Cornell University to the public  where participants received their certification  to offer Produce Safety Alliance's (PSA) (Cornell) standardized curriculum to train fresh produce growers.

The partnership with Cornell is a concerted effort on behalf of ALCDC to show Growers how alternative crops can become viable Business Enterprises in Eastern Arkansas with proper technical assistance and advice. 


ALCDC is dedicated to sustaining rural communities

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Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation

533 Floyd Brown Drive, P.O. Box 907 Brinkley, AR 72021

(870) 734-3005