USDA Update – July 27, 2020

Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Monday, July 27, 2020
by Eads USDA Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • 2020 COUNTY COMMITTEE NOMINATION PERIOD - DEADLINE AUGUST 3, 2020
  • FSA 2020 ACREAGE REPORTING DATE:  CONSIDERED TIMELY FILED BY AUGUST 14, 2020
  • TIP DEADLINE -  2020 EXPIRING CONTRACTS -  AUGUST 17, 2020
  • CFAP - Signup May 26 - August 28
  • LFP - Signup ends January 30, 2021
  • 2020 PLC YIELD UPDATE - Deadline September 30, 2020
  • WHIP+ signup - Begins March 23, 2020 

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. 

DROUGHT MONITOR

Last weeks Drought Monitor shows some improvement is certain areas in the counties of Kiowa, Crowley, Bent and Otero counties; as those areas have received some beneficial moisture in the past weeks and have been moved to a D2 status.  The majority of Kiowa county remains in a D3 drought status.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - July 21, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - July 21, 2020. Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center

CFAP SIGNUP 

Producers who have not completed a CFAP or Coronavirus Food Assistance Program application are urged to contact an FSA office in your area before signup ends on August 28, 2020.  There is information concerning eligible crops and livestock and other eligibility requirements on www.farmers.gov/cfap.  A producer who does not have access to the internet, contact the nearest FSA Office near you.

COC NOMINATION PERIOD - AUGUST 3, 2020

County Committee Election Nomination period ends Monday, August 3, 2020.  In Kiowa County, Local Administrative Area or LAA eligible for election is Area 1 - which is the eastern portion of the county.  The current representative for this area is Sean Harkness.  

Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA and allow grassroots input and local administration of federal farm programs. Farmers and ranchers who are elected to serve on FSA county committees apply using their judgment and knowledge to help with the decisions necessary to administer FSA programs in their counties, ensuring

the needs of local producers are met. FSA county committees operate within official federal regulations and provide local input on:

*       Income safety-net loans and payments, including setting county average yields for commodities;

*       Conservation programs;

*       Incentive, indemnity, and disaster payments for some commodities;

*       Emergency programs; and

*       Payment eligibility.

Every eligible agricultural producer should participate in FSA county committee elections--whether you are a beginning or established producer, historically underserved producer (minority and women), or whether you have a large or small operation--because FSA county committees are your link with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Election Period

*       August 1, 2020 -Last day to file nomination forms at the local FSA county office.

*       November 2, 2020 -Ballots mailed to eligible voters.

*       December 7, 2020 -Last day to return voted ballots to the FSA county office.

*       January 1, 2021 -Newly elected county committee members take office.

Who Can Vote

Agricultural producers of legal voting age may be eligible to vote if they participate or cooperate in any FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age but supervises and conducts the operations of an entire farm also may be eligible to vote. Members of

American Indian tribes holding agricultural land are eligible to vote if voting requirements are met. More information about voting eligibility requirements can be found in the FSA fact sheet titled "FSA County Committee Election - Eligibility to Vote and Hold

Office as a County Committee Member," located at fsa.usda.gov/elections. Producers may contact their local FSA county office for more information. To find your local FSA county office, visit farmers.gov.

Nominations

Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county office. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate. In addition, organizations representing underserved (minority and

women) farmers or ranchers may nominate candidates. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign nomination form FSA-669A. The form includes a statement that the nominee agrees to serve if elected. Nomination forms are filed in the FSA office that

administers a producer's farm records and is available at the FSA county office or online at fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2020 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by August 1, 2020, or next available business day.

                        KIOWA COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY COUNTY 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

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  

*       Dawna Weirich - CED dawna.weirich@usda.gov

*       Charla Ferris - PT  charla.ferris@usda.gov

*       Hallie Barlow - PT  hallie.barlow@usda.gov

NRCS - Natural Resource Conservation Service

*       Steve Schmidt - steven.schmidt2@usda.gov  Eads Office

*       Scott Smith - Cheyenne Wells - 719-767-5648 ext. 3 scott.smith3@usda.gov

 

KIOWA COUNTY FARM LOAN CONTACT INFO - CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Telephone 719-336-3437 (ext2) 

Mary Rhoades, mary.rhoades@usda.gov,

Nicole Lubbers, nicole.lubbers@usda.gov

 

SERVICE CENTER OFFICE HOURS:  

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

RECEIVE FSA INFORMATION

Visit website www.Farmers.gov  for up to date information on the 2018 Farm Bill.

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