USDA Update

USDA Update
Published Thursday, April 14, 2016
PROMO 660 x 440 Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
by USDA Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: 

? March 15 - July 15th - Primary Nesting Season for CRP. No practice or management activity allowed. 

? April 19 - County Committee Meeting 

? May 2-5 - FSA employees gone to training - NRCS will be available 

? May 31 - Last day to request commodity loan for 2015 grain sorghum, corn and sunflowers 

? July 15 - Production submission deadline for 2015 NAP crops. 

? August 1 - Deadline to request farm reconstitution for 2016. 

? August 1 - 2016 ARC-PLC Enrollment Deadline 

 

MOISTURE? 

There has been a lot of talk from the weather people this week about the storm coming our way. Let us hope there is more moisture than wind. The FSA office keeps track of rainfall throughout the county. I am always looking for producers to share their weather reports with us; so call the office or email any of the employees (email addresses below). Kiowa County residents with a reliable weather station with reportable data on a daily basis that can be reported to FSA on a monthly basis and are willing to share that data - let the office know. 

FSA OFFICE TO BE CLOSED 

The Eads FSA Office will be closed Monday, May 2nd through Thursday, May 5th. The office reopen on Friday, May 6th. FSA employees will be attending a state-wide training. The Service Center will be open as NRCS employees will be available. Again, this is a state-wide training; therefore FSA offices in the area will be short staffed; therefore plan accordingly. 

2016 ARC - PLC Enrollment 

The office has your 2016 ARC-PLC contracts ready for signature. If you are in town, stop in and sign your contracts. The process will take only a few minutes depending on the number of farms. The office also has other eligibility paperwork for you to complete while you are in the office. Again, we prefer you stop Monday - Thursday - any time before 4:30 p.m. The deadline for enrollment is August 1st, 2016. 

ARC - PLC Payments 

While on the subject of ARC-PLC; there hasn't been much change in the Price Loss Coverage payment rates since the March 9th report. The current PLC payment rate report is below. I have only included crops that are relevant to Kiowa County. For all crops visit the following website http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/arcplc_program/arcplc-prog... this site has a lot of information on the ARC-PLC program.

PROJECTED 2015 PRICE LOSS (PLC) COVERAGE PAYMENT RATES 

BASED ON STATUTORY REFERENCE PRICES, PROJECTED 2015/16 MARKET YEAR AVERAGE (MYA) PRICES AND 2015 NATIONAL AVERAGE LOAN RATES 

March 09, 2016

(See the chart file attached to this article)

PLC payments are computed per farm as follows: 

85% of commodity base acres x PLC yield x share x rate = $ 

Example. Farm with 100 acres of wheat base, 30 bu. PLC farm yield and 100% share computes to: 

85 acres x 30 x 100% x .50 = 1275.00 

Remember, prices are still projected payments - final rates won't be published for a few months. 

USDA SERVICE CENTER CONTACT INFORMATION 

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

E-mail individuals firstname.lastname@co.usda.gov (Example firstname.lastname@co.usda.gov, dawna.weirich, charla.ferris, hallie.barlow, marvin.watson, marlin.miller, 

KIOWA COUNTY FARM LOAN CONTACT INFO 

Telephone 719-336-3437 (ext2) Natalie Bond; natalie.bond@co.usda.gov; Mary Rhoades, mary.rhoades@co.usda.gov 

SERVICE CENTER OFFICE HOURS: 

Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. By appointment only on Friday.