USDA Update

PROMO 660 x 440 Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Friday, August 25, 2017
by USDA Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • CRP Contract Management - Contact FSA or NRCS with questions.  Producers have been notified of required completion dates.
  • County Committee Meeting - Tuesday,  September 26th @ 9:00
  • September 1st - 2018 NAP application closing date for Triticale.
  • September 14th - End of CRP grazing for contract management.  Cattle must be removed by this date.
  • FARM LOAN Personnel in Kiowa County Service Center - September 12th
  • CRP Continuous Signup - Lesser Prairie Chicken, CRP Grassland acres are available.  Producers interested are urged to contact FSA Office. 

                                                                                                  

Disclaimer:  Information in this UPDATE is pertinent to Kiowa County FSA only.  Producers reading this and that do not have FSA interest in Kiowa County are advised to contact their local FSA Office.

KIOWA COUNTY FAIR

The USDA Service Center will be open regular business hours during the Kiowa County Fair.   We hope everyone enjoys the Fair and Rodeo.  Eads High School will be holding the All-School Reunion in conjunction with the Fair, so there will be a large number of visitors to the Eads area. 

CRP STATUS REVIEWS

NRCS staff is starting the yearly review of CRP fields for FSA status reviews.  The review must take place prior to CRP annual rental being issued.  Not all active CRP contracts are reviewed.  The CRP contracts that will be reviewed are those contracts;

  • that do not have a certified stand of permanent cover that has been seeded.

and

  • that have cover crops planted for permanent seeding to take place this fall.

Once the status reviews are completed NRCS will contact the operator for the CRP contract to sign the status review.   If producers have questions about weed control or status of permanent cover; this is the time to ask those questions.  

Once the permanent cover is considered established the CRP cover maintenance is the participant's responsibility.  Participants shall maintain practices, according to the conservation plan established for the contract.  

CRP LAND TENURE

Allows for Transfer of Certain Conservation Reserve Program Land to New Farmers; Provides Priority Enrollment in Working Lands Conservation Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts, making it easier to transfer property to the next generation of farmers and ranchers, including family members. The land that is eligible for the early termination is among the least environmentally sensitive land enrolled in CRP.

Normally if a landowner terminates a CRP contract early, they are required to repay all previous payments plus interest. The new policy waives this repayment if the land is transferred to a beginning farmer or rancher through a sale or lease with an option to buy. With CRP enrollment close to the Congressionally-mandated cap of 24 million acres, the early termination will also allow USDA to enroll other land with higher conservation value elsewhere.

Acres terminated early from CRP under these land tenure provisions will be eligible for priority enrollment consideration into the CRP Grasslands, if eligible; or the Conservation Stewardship Program or Environmental Quality Incentives Program, as determined by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

According to the Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural Land survey, conducted by USDA in 2014, U.S. farmland owners expect to transfer 93 million acres to new ownership during 2015-2019. This represents 10 percent of all farmland across the nation. Details on the early termination opportunity will be available starting on Jan. 9, 2017, at local USDA service centers. For more information about CRP and to find out if your acreage is eligible for early contract termination, contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office or go online at www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.

RISK PROTECTION COVERAGE

The Farm Service Agency encourages producers to examine available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the applicable crop sales deadline.

Producers are reminded that crops not covered by insurance may be eligible for NAP. The 2014 Farm Bill expanded NAP to include higher levels of protection. Beginning, underserved and limited resource farmers are now eligible for free catastrophic level coverage, as well as discounted premiums for additional levels of protection."

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including perennial grass forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy, and industrial crops.

Producers can determine if crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP by visiting https://webapp.rma.usda.gov/apps/actuarialinformationbrowser2017/CropCriteria.aspx.

NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production, with higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers.

Deadlines for coverage vary by state and crop. To learn more about NAP visit www.fsa.usda.gov/nap or contact your local USDA Service Center. To find your local USDA Service Centers go to http://offices.usda.gov

Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA Service Centers or at USDA's online Agent Locator: http://prodwebnlb.rma.usda.gov/apps/AgentLocator/#. Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator, https://ewebapp.rma.usda.gov/apps/costestimator/Default.aspx, to predict insurance premium costs.

POSTED COUNTY PRICES FOR WHEAT

The past week's posted county price review.  Be reminded, for an effective LDP rate, the effective Posted County Price (PCP) must below the loan rate of $2.84.

Commodity

Effective Date

Loan Rate ($)

Effective PCP ($)

Effective LDP Rate* ($)

Wheat - Hard Red Winter

08/21/2017

$ 2.84

$ 3.16

$ 0.00

Wheat - Hard Red Winter

08/22/2017

$ 2.84

$ 3.13

$ 0.00

Wheat - Hard Red Winter

08/23/2017

$ 2.84

$ 3.10

$ 0.00

Wheat - Hard Red Winter

08/24/2017

$ 2.84

$ 3.07

$ 0.00

Wheat - Hard Red Winter

08/25/2017

$ 2.84

$ 3.05

$ 0.00

Kiowa County FSA Committee

 
  • Destiny Haase -  LAA 2 - Central area - Committee Chairperson
  • Sean Harkness - LAA 1 - East area - Committee Vice-Chairperson
  • Michael Zimmerman - LAA3 - West area - Committee Regular Member

USDA SERVICE CENTER CONTACT INFORMATION

Telephone 719-438-5851 FSA (Ext 2), NRCS (Ext 3). FSA Fax number: fax2mail 844-332-7501

E-mail individuals firstname.lastname@co.usda.gov (Example firstname.lastname@co.usda.gov, dawna.weirich, charla.ferris, hallie.barlow, marvin.watson, marlin.miller, Alicia.L.james

KIOWA COUNTY FARM LOAN CONTACT INFO - CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Telephone 719-336-3437 (ext2) Mary Rhoades, mary.rhoades@co.usda.gov

SERVICE CENTER OFFICE HOURS: 

Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Friday, by appointment only.

FSA INFORMATION

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