FY21 local work group:  virtual meeting

ASCD and NRCS are hosting a virtual, public meeting from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 to discuss the availability of conservation funding to improve local water quality, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.  Farmers, conservation partners and interested members of the public will learn more about assistance available to address their natural resource concerns.  THis meeting will have presentations that describe the guidelines for the use of the funding and typical conservation practices.  Individuals and groups will be given an opportunity to make comments and to present possible options for funding.  At teh end of the comment period, the Allegany Local Work Group, led by the ASCD, will convene to prepare a list of conservation practices and to establish conservation priorities.

If you would like to participate on 10/13/20, contact ASCD secretary, Mona Lee, at 240-609-3493 or by email at mlee@atlanticbbn.net.

USDA Providing Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers Impacted by Coronavirus

Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) began September 21st and will run through December 11, 2020.  USDA will use funds being made available from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and CARES Act to support row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture and many additional commodities.  USDA has incorporated improvements in CFAP 2 based from stakeholder engagement and public feedback to better meet the needs of impacted farmers and ranchers.

Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at Allegany County's Farm Service Agency (FSA) field office located at 12407 Naves Cross Road, Cumberland.  The office is open by appointment only.  Call Connie Stemple at 301-501-5885 or 240-609-3495 or Annetta Enlow at 301-501-5859 or 240-609-3492 to schedule an appointment.  Customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.  This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with the team at the FSA county office.

Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap.  Documentation to support the producer's application and certification may be requested.  All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded from farmers.gov/cfap/apply.  For existing FSA customers, including those who participated in CFAP 1, many documents are likely already on file.  Producers should check with the Allegany FSA office to see if any of the forms need to be updated.

Allegany County Land Preservation Programs

Click icon for more information regarding:  Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF); Maryland Environmental Trust (MET); and Mountain Ridge Rural Legacy Programs or contact Siera Wigfield, Program Administrator at 301-876-9563 or email her at swigfield@alleganygov.org

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