USDA Update – March 11, 2019

Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Eads USDA Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

*      PURCHASING NAP COVERAGE DEADLINE -March15thfor crops of sorghum forage and common millet. 

*      FSA Farm Loan personnel in Eads Office - April 9th

*      MFP production deadline - May 1, 2019

*      COC Meeting - March 19th- 9:00 a.m.

*      CRP Primary Nesting Season begins March 15th          

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. 

NAP Coverage Deadline - FRIDAY, MARCH 15th

Friday, March 15this the final date to purchase an Application for Coverage for spring planted NAP crops such as feed and common millets.  The 2018 Farm Bill increased the application coverage fee to $325.00 per person, per crop, however the FSA offices are only collecting $250.00 until software if undated. The buy-up option is also available, and producers can make that option on paper until software is available.  Be reminded, producers who do not purchase coverage timely due to Farm Bill changes cannot complete a late-filed application for coverage.  Purchase the coverage by the established deadline to retain eligibility.

REPORTING PLANTED CROP LOSSES 

Producers who have crops planted or will be planting that are NOT covered by insurance through Federal Crop Insurance or by FSA's NAP program and could be seeking failed acreage history credit by filing an FSA-476, 'Request for failed acreage history credit' are reminded of the following requirements:

Failed acreage credit must be sought by a producer before:

  • the crop acreage is destroyed
  • disposition of the crop  

If a crop insurance adjuster or FSA NAP loss adjuster has completed an appraisal and the FSA office has a copy of the appraisal for documentation, the County Committee will in nearly all cases approve the Notice of Loss.  However, if there has been no appraisal, FSA must document the condition of the field prior to destruction to approve the failed acreage history request.  I cannot stress the importance of this requirement enough, if the initial crop is not deemed failed on the FSA-578, any subsequent crop could possibly not be insurable with crop insurance as Kiowa County has no crops that are approved for double cropping.      

Kiowa County NRCS Office

The Eads NRCS Office be open Tuesday - Thursday every week beginning March 5th.  There are currently two employees from other offices working in Eads on those three days. If you are traveling a long distance to conduct business at the NRCS Office, call the FSA Office to be certain there will be personnel available. 

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

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

KIOWA COUNTY FARM LOAN CONTACT INFO - CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Telephone 719-336-3437 (ext2) 

Mary Rhoades, mary.rhoades@co.usda.gov

Nicole Lubbers, nicole.lubbers@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 

For information on programs visit our website located at www.fsa.usda.govor like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. 

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