USDA Update – September 25, 2023
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
- NOVEMBER 15, 2023 - FALL ACREAGE REPORTING DEADLINE
- DECEMBER 1, 2023 - NAP APPLICATON FOR COVERAGE DEADLINE - Alfalfa and Grass
- JANUARY 30, 2024- LIVESTOCK FORAGE PROGRAM or LFP – Kiowa County eligible.
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.
FALL REPORT OF ACREAGE DEADLINE
The 2024 aerial photos for operators with multiple farms ready to be picked up here at the office. The maps can be completed by the operator and returned to the FSA office. Once the acreage reports are completed in the computer; the producer will be notified either by email or phone call that the acreage reports are ready for signature. The acreage reports are completed in the order the maps are returned to the office. To file a crop acreage report, you will need to provide:
- Crop and crop type or variety.
- Intended use of the crop.
- Number of acres of the crop.
- Planting date(s).
- Producer shares.
- Irrigation practice(s).
Before You Break Out New Ground, Ensure Your Farm Meets Conservation Compliance
The term “sodbusting” is used to identify the conversion of land from native vegetation to commodity crop production after December 23, 1985. As part of the conservation provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985, if you’re proposing to produce agricultural commodities (crops that require annual tillage including one pass planting operations and sugar cane) on land that has been determined highly erodible and that has no crop history prior to December 23, 1985, that land must be farmed in accordance with a conservation plan or system that ensures no substantial increase in soil erosion.
Eligibility for many USDA programs requires compliance with a conservation plan or system on highly erodible land (HEL) used to produce agricultural commodities. This includes Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan, disaster assistance, safety net, price support, and conservation programs; Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation programs; and Risk Management Agency (RMA) Federal crop insurance.
Before you clear or prepare areas not presently under production for crops that require annual tillage, you are required to file Form AD-1026 “Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification,” with FSA indicating the area to be brought into production. The notification will be referred to NRCS to determine if the field is considered highly erodible land. If the field is considered HEL, you are required to implement a conservation plan or system that limits the erosion to the tolerable soil loss (T) for the predominant HEL soil on those fields.
In addition, prior to removing trees or conducting any other land manipulations that may affect wetlands, remember to update form AD-1026, to ensure you remain in compliance with the wetland conservation provisions.
Prior to purchasing or renting new cropland acres, it is recommended that you check with your local USDA Service Center to ensure your activities will be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions.
For additional information on highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation compliance, contact your local USDA Service Center.
KIOWA COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY COUNTY COMMITTEE
- Sean Harkness – LAA 1 – East area – Committee Chairperson
- Destiny Haase - LAA 2 – Central area – Committee Vice-Chairperson
- Michael Zimmerman – LAA 3 – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Charla Ferris – PT email@example.com
- Brandi Nevius – PT firstname.lastname@example.org
- Teri Ellis – PT email@example.com
NRCS – Natural Resource Conservation Service
- Scott Smith – Resource Team Leader 719-767-5648 ext. 3 firstname.lastname@example.org - Cheyenne Wells
- Steve Schmidt – email@example.com Eads Office
- Marty Miller - firstname.lastname@example.org Eads Office
- Trey McDowell – email@example.com Eads Office
KIOWA COUNTY FARM LOAN CONTACT INFO – CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT
Telephone 719-336-3437 (ext. 2)
SERVICE CENTER OFFICE HOURS:
Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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