USDA Update – April 19, 2022

Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Tuesday, April 19, 2022
by Eads Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • EMERGENCY GRAZING ON CRP AVAILABLE - 50% stocking rate reduction during primary nesting season.  
  • GRASSLAND CRP SIGNUP #204 - DEADLINE TO SUBMIT AN OFFER - MAY 13, 2022

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. 

THE USDA SERVICE CENTER HAS A DROP BOX AVAILABLE ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING. 

CRP EMERGENCY GRAZING DURING PRIMARY NESTING SEASON

Many counties in Colorado are eligible for Emergency grazing of eligible CRP acres; due to triggering for LFP payments on small grains; not necessarily native pasture.  If interested in Emergency grazing of CRP; we encourage producers to contact your local FSA office for more information.  

Producers who request to graze during the primary nesting season, which is March 15th through July 15th must do the following before grazing can be approved:

Call the FSA office to begin the necessary paperwork.  

NRCS personnel will need to make a field visit to determine if the land can sustain grazing.  

  • if the contract was grazed after October 1, 2021; the request will be disapproved.  
  • If the contract was grazed prior to October 1, 2021; there has to be sufficient grass height to allow grazing again.  A six-inch grass height must be maintained on all CRP contracts.     

If the contract is approved for grazing, the CRP contract participants and the producer with the livestock must sign paperwork at the FSA Office. Grazing plans will be written at 50% stocking rate during primary nesting. 

Grazing may commence when the producer receives a phone call from FSA personnel that the grazing has been approved. Official notification in writing will follow.  

AT NO TIME CAN FEEDING OF BALES BE ALLOWED ON THE CRP ACRES. 

NOTE:  If NRCS determines the grazing cannot sustain grazing, CRP producers will be notified.  

Haying is not authorized during PNS or primary nesting season. 

Ineligible acres are: SAFE or State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement acres.   In Kiowa those are acres enrolled into the Lesser Prairie Chicken SAFE CRP program. 

Farm Loans

Working with Farmers and Ranchers 

FSA does more than just provide credit - it works with farmers and ranchers to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in farm production and management. FSA helps farmers and ranchers find alternative options, so they can achieve success. Learning and improving business planning and financial insight through FSA's credit management is the difference between success and failure for many farm families.

Who Is Eligible?

FSA does more than just provide credit - it works with farmers and ranchers to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in farm production and management. FSA helps farmers and ranchers find alternative options, so they can achieve success. Learning and improving business planning and financial insight through FSA's credit management is the difference between success and failure for many farm families.

Eligibility requirements: 

  • Be a family farmer;
  • Have a satisfactory credit history;
  • Be a citizen of the United States, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Marshall Islands; a U.S. non- citizen national or a qualified alien under federal immigration law;
  • Be unable to obtain credit elsewhere at reasonable rates and terms to meet actual needs;
  • Have the legal capacity to incur the obligations of the loan;
  • Not have outstanding unpaid judgments obtained by the U.S. in any court, excluding judgments filed in U.S. Tax Courts;
  • Not be delinquent on a federal debt;
  • Must not have provided FSA with false or misleading documents or statements in the past;
  • Not have been convicted under federal or state laws of planting, cultivating, growing, producing, harvesting, or storing a controlled substance within the last 5 crop years;
  • Not have received debt forgiveness from FSA (certain exceptions apply); and
  • Be within the time restrictions as to the number of years they can receive FSA assistance.

Explore our programs at www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs or visit our Farm Loan Discovery Tool to find the loan that's right for you

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