USDA Update – January 24, 2022

Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Monday, January 24, 2022
by Eads USDA Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

  • JANUARY 31, 2022 - 2021 LIVESTOCK FORAGE PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE 
  • FEBRUARY 28, 2022 - DEADLINE TO FILE APPLICATION FOR PAYMENT - 2021 LIP 'LIVESTOCK INDEMNITY PROGRAM'.  
  • FEBRUARY 7, 2022 - CSU & FSA ARCPLC DECISION ZOOM MEETING 
  • MARCH 15, 2022 - 2022 ARCPLC ELECTION AND ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

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. 

COVID-19 UPDATE - The USDA Service Center received instructions last week that all customers visiting any Service Center will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. 

Farmers.gov Feature Helps Producers Find Farm Loans that Fit Their Operation

Farmers and ranchers can use the Farm Loan Discovery Tool on farmers.gov to find information on USDA farm loans that may best fit their operations. 

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers a variety of loan options to help farmers finance their operations. From buying land to financing the purchase of equipment, FSA loans can help. 

USDA conducted field research in eight states, gathering input from farmers and FSA farm loan staff to better understand their needs and challenges.

How the Tool Works

Farmers who are looking for financing options to operate a farm or buy land can answer a few simple questions about what they are looking to fund and how much money they need to borrow. After submitting their answers, farmers will receive information on farm loans that best fit their specific needs. The loan application and additional resources also will be provided.

Farmers can download application quick guides that outline what to expect from preparing an application to receiving a loan decision. There are four guides that cover loans to individuals, entities, and youth, as well as information on microloans. The guides include general eligibility requirements and a list of required forms and documentation for each type of loan. These guides can help farmers prepare before their first USDA service center visit with a loan officer. 

Farmers can access the Farm Loan Discovery Tool by visiting farmers.gov/fund and clicking the "Start" button. Follow the prompts and answer five simple questions to receive loan information that is applicable to your agricultural operation. The tool is built to run on any modern browser like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or the Safari browser, and is fully functional on mobile devices. It does not work in Internet Explorer.

About Farmers.gov

In 2018, USDA unveiled farmers.gov, a dynamic, mobile-friendly public website combined with an authenticated portal where farmers will be able to apply for programs, process transactions, and manage accounts.

The Farm Loan Discovery Tool is one of many resources on farmers.gov to help connect farmers to information that can help their operations. Earlier this year, USDA launched the My Financial Information feature, which enables farmers to view their loan information, history, payments, and alerts by logging into the website. 

USDA is building farmers.gov for farmers, by farmers. In addition to the interactive farm loan features, the site also offers a Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool. Farmers can visit farmers.gov/recover/disaster-assistance-tool#step-1to find disaster assistance programs that can help their operation recover from natural disasters. 

Kiowa County FSA Service Center does not have a Farm Loan presence in the office.  For information regarding FSA Farm Loan, contact Mary or Nicole @ Prowers County USDA Service Center at 719-336-3437 or visit farmers.gov.

CSU EXTENSION & FSA - 2022 ARCPLC DECISION ZOOM MEETING

The March 15th deadline for farmers to make their ARC/PLC decisions for the 2022 crop year is fast approaching. In an effort to provide growers with the most up to date information needed to make this important decision, CSU Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency have teamed up to conduct a Farm Bill Decisions webinar.

The webinar will be held Monday, February 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Topics to be addressed are the mechanics of ARC/PLC and the limitations of ARC-IC for fruit and vegetable producers, and the payment outlook in 2022 for ARC-CO/PLC for the major program crops in Colorado.

The webinar is free, but you must preregister at this web link   https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RoT3TSqsSAalDxHXmYDhzg

For more information or to get a copy of the registration link, contact Brent Young at brent.young@colostate.edu or 970-580-2204.

ARCPLC Web-Based Decision Tools   

Producers who need assistance in making the right election for their operation and are unable to join the zoom meeting also have the following web-based tools available to assist in the decision making.  

In partnership with USDA, the University of Illinois and Texas A&M University offer web-based decision tools to assist producers in making informed, educated decisions using crop data specific to their respective farming operations. 

Tools include the following and can be located on Farmers.gov website: 

  • Gardner-farm doc Payment Calculator, a tool available through the University of Illinois allows producers to estimate payments for farms and counties for ARC-CO and PLC.   
  • ARC and PLC Decision Tool, a tool available through Texas A&M tallows producers to estimate payments and yield updates and expected payments for 2022.   

Crop Insurance Considerations   

ARC and PLC are part of a broader safety net provided by USDA, which also includes crop insurance and marketing assistance loans.   

Producers are reminded that ARC and PLC elections and enrollments can impact eligibility for some crop insurance products.   

Producers on farms with a PLC election have the option of purchasing Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) through their Approved Insurance Provider; however, producers on farms where ARC is the election are ineligible for SCO on their planted acres for that crop on that farm.   

Unlike SCO, the Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) is unaffected by an ARC election. Producers may add ECO regardless of the farm program election.   

Upland cotton farmers who choose to enroll seed cotton base acres in ARC or PLC are ineligible for the stacked income protection plan (STAX) on their planted cotton acres for that farm.

            KIOWA COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY COUNTY COMMITTEE

  • Michael Zimmerman - LAA 3 - West area - Committee Chairperson
  • Sean Harkness - LAA 1 - East area - Committee Vice-Chairperson
  • Destiny Haase - LAA 2 - Central area - Committee Regular Member

USDA SERVICE CENTER CONTACT INFORMATION

409 E Lowell Ave.

PO Box 188 - Eads, CO  81036

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

FSA - Farm Service Agency  

NRCS - Natural Resource Conservation Service

KIOWA COUNTY FARM LOAN CONTACT INFO - CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Telephone 719-336-3437 (ext2) 

SERVICE CENTER OFFICE HOURS:  

Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

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