USDA Update – July 6, 2021

Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Tuesday, July 6, 2021
by Eads USDA Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • CRP signup dates - General SU 56 - June 14 - July 23; Continuous SU 55 - June 14 - August 6; CRP Grasslands - July 12 - August 20
  • County Committee Nomination Deadline - August 2, 2021
  • Spring Acreage Reporting Deadline - July 15
  • PRIMARY NESTING SEASON - March 15 - July 15

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. 

2020 PRICE LOSS COVERAGE FINAL/PROJECTED RATES

Producers who elected price loss coverage on 2020 ARCPLC contract(s) marketing year has ended on a few commodities; while some still have some time before final rates are determined.  

Commodity with projected (P) or final (F) rate noted are below.

  • Wheat - .45 F
  • Barley - .20 F
  • Oats - 0.0 F
  • Corn, Grain Sorghum and Sunflowers - 0.0 P

2020 PLC payments will be issued in October 2021.  Currently, all commodities listed above have zero payment projected for 2021 Price Loss Coverage contracts.  

CRP GRASSLAND CHANGES  

Signup for CRP Grasslands is scheduled to begin July 12 through August 20, 2021. Next week's UPDATE will be dedicated to the CRP Grassland program and the changes that have been made to the program.   

Producers who are interested in submitting and offer(s) for CRP Grasslands, please call or email any employee in the office to be placed on a list.  An employee will contact producers on the list once all the software is in place and the proper paperwork can be completed. 

Currently, the FSA Office has a few deadlines to meet in the month of July.  Acreage reporting deadline of July 15; General CRP signup ends on July 23  and CRP Grasslands signup is to begin next Monday, July 12 and there are only 2 full-time and 1 part-time employee.  

We ask for patience!

Producers can obtain information regarding CRP signup at www.Farmers.gov website.

2021 SPRING ACREAGE REPORTING DEADLINE

REPORTING DEADLINE JULY 15

Producers who have completed planting spring seeded crops and have not reported planted acres to FSA or crop insurance are reminded to file an acreage report before July 15 with either your crop insurance agent or FSA. 

Call the office if you would like a copy of your maps sent to you; so that you can complete your portion of the acreage report at your leisure.  

 The office will require the following information for acreage reporting be marked on the aerial map by the producer.   

  • Crop planted - corn, grain sorghum, millet (proso or common), forage sorghum, 
  • Acreage planted - number of acres planted per field
  • Plant date of the crop
  • Intended use of the crop - most common is for grain, graze or forage.    
  • Crop share or cash lease - shares per farm.  If cash leased, current cash lease will need to be on file. 

COC NOMINATION PERIOD - JUNE 15 - AUGUST 2, 2021

County Committee Election Nomination period ends on Monday, August 2, 2021.  In Kiowa County, Local Administrative Area or LAA eligible for election is Area 2 - which is the central portion of the county.  The current representative for this area is Destiny (Duff) Haase.

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).

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 2021 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by August 2, 2021, or next available business day.

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